By Joseph Gallivan
Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Cannon Beach. Ongoing
Burkett is that rare bird still working in large-format film photography, and he also develops and prints all his own work. He will dodge and burn for up to eight hours to get the perfect image in his sublime nature photography. The result is a glossy, transparent world where every leaf vein and every underwater weed seem to be in focus. He believes the glory of God shines through nature, and looking at his luminous imagery, you can believe it too. Burkett shows regularly at Northwest by Northwest Gallery and will be there November 2, for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival.
LAURA FRITZ: APEX
Portland Art Museum, Portland. To Feb 23, 2020
Portland artist Laura Fritz makes installations that can vary from crystals in vitrines to videos shining from inside custom-made furniture. Her site-specifi c installations always play with light and architecture while using recognizable elements from nature. In this work she references the movement of bees, birds, cats, moths and butterflies. Her work is noted for the psychological interplay between space and objects, but it is not without lushness and fi ne surfaces, nor even levity.
RODRIGO VALENZUELA: NEW WORK
Upfor Gallery, Portland. Sep 4 – 28 and Oct 2 – Nov 2
The September show is work from a prior series, then in October Rodrigo Valenzuela will show new work. The new black-and-white photos explore Brutalism. The Chilean artist looks obliquely at the horrors of dictatorship as well as the reality of immigration, transforming wooden pallets and other barricade material into abstract forms. Known for thrusting stakes and poles into walls and through painted objects, and blowing up two-dimensional images, this look at his pure photographic form is a reminder of his skill with a camera rather than a chop saw.
JENNIFER THORESON: TESTAMENT
Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland. Sep 5 – 29
Jennifer Thoreson rented a plan house for a year, reminiscent of her own childhood home, and made bizarre costumes or prostheses from hair and fabric. She had normal-looking models wear them and photographed them. The result is a series of surreal, unsettling tableaus of people on the edge, showing both resilience and dependency.
EIKO OTAKE: A BODY IN PLACES
Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA, Portland. Sep 5 – Oct 24
After her September 5 live performance, Japanese performance artist Eiko Otake unveils a show of 2-D art on the same theme, her revisiting of post-nuclear-disaster Fukushima. There are new prints and videos, including a screening of A Body in Fukushima, which has photos by William Johnston edited by Otake. It’s all about disaster and the abundance of nature. Look for a nighttime swarm of moths in the Kanakadea Forest.