23 Sandy Gallery is pleased to host a traveling exhibition organized by wall space gallery in Seattle and juried by Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, California. New Directions 2010, Down + Out seeks to challenge our notions of our visual landscape. Curated from over 1,000 submitted images, and a pool of 200 talented artists, the field has been narrowed to a select group of images to showcase imaginative vertical and horizontal perspectives.
The idea behind Down + Out brings to mind a quote from art historian, Albert Boime, who described a “magisterial gaze” that gave early Americans, through painting and printmaking, a view at one with God, hence, manifest destiny. The idea of distance, of visual space, may simply be the romance of the road, or curiosity about what lies just out of sight—an American impulse from early pioneers to Jack Kerouac.
Down + Out features 42 photographers including four from Portland: Chris Bennett, Heidi Bertman, Jeffrey Krolick and Duc Ly. The show will also feature a strong international contingent, including artists from Mexico, England, Israel and Argentina.
One artist to watch in this show is Alejandro Cartagena. This Mexican photographer, whose work documenting suburban sprawl near Mexico City, was one of my favorites at last year’s Photolucida portfolio review event. He also is a finalist for the book prize for this year’s Critical Mass competition. Here’s an artist who will be fun to watch as his career takes off!
Credit line for attached image: Crossings – Suzhou Alley No. 5 © Andrew Binkley