“I see it’s coming. Nudity Fortress, Naked Garment."
Mai Ide and Pcp are a BIPOC art collective. The title of this project is “I see it’s coming. Nudity Fortress, Naked Garment" I have been lucky enough to photography is work a couple times now, following it through Art Shows throughout the city. Watching it and the artists evolve and putting together this shoot was really incredible.
Mai had a clear vision. Her work is visual and interactive. Its clean and somewhat whimsical. I also find it thought provoking, so deep and so lovely. I obviously adore it but I don't want to interpret it. That is for the artist and then the audience to do.
As the photographer I am the bridge between the artist and the audience and my goal is to make the artist voice speak loud and clear. Working to see Mai's vision so that I could clearly photograph it was one of those creative challenges that just thrills me!
Beyond that I offer no other description of this work or what it means. I encourage you to be the audience here and then seek out these artists to learn more.
Here are a bunch of links to start with!
Naked Garment Website
Gallery GoGo goes to Seattle!
Stay Tuft and Felicia Murray, both Fiber Artists in residence at Gallery GoGo contributed to the Soft Touch Exhibit.
And in the bottom level was Gallery GoGo's Exhibit
you can shop gallery gogo here!
The traveling typist was on site the final night of the exhibit writing free poems, you provide one inspirational word.
I was exhibiting my favorite prints of dumpsterscapes, gnomes, mushrooms and flamingos and other neighborhood finds framed as fridge magnets. I also had copies of the food cart zine there as well.
A little change of pace here these are film photographs I took at Squids Art Show that happened Jan, 7 2023. Squid showed a selection of his skating boarding photographs taken in Portland Oregon over the last two years. I love Squids dedication to his photography and commitment to his passions. Everyone can do things once but the continued practice driven by passion alone is something much more impressive. Squid makes time to coordinate with other skateboarders to photograph them at least once a week. As we watch late stage capitalism crush passion and intuition its truly something special to carve out time for passion.
This show also included a variety of other. talented Portland artists who love skateboarding. Photographer Ari Landon exhibited his film photographs of skateboarders and tabled a variety of prints and the coolest film test strip bookmarks. Also Tabling was Joe Brook, Ocelocuauhtli Ollin and Little Hen. Music was by, and Donavan Diaz exhibited his painted skateboard decks.
It was a great turn out and a beautiful celebration of art, community and skateboarding. ❤️
I love that this show was hosted at Gallery GoGo. The gallery is a re-imagining of space. located in the mall in downtown Portland it was originally a fancy dress store. Azure, the gallery owner, has re-impinged and creatively transformed the space. My favorite example is the dressing rooms turned immersive mini galleries. This kind of re-imagining is so important as we see people going out and using mall spaces less and less. I love the spirit behind spacing these spaces and its this same spirit I see in skateboarding. Skate boarders see mundane pieces of construction and imagine so much more. I love walk with squid when he tiny gasps and grabs his phone to take a picture of a ramp or piece of abandon concrete. I see something mundane, he sees a challenge, a trick, a photograph. How special to see things differently, to re-imagine, to bring life back to forgotten spaces.
This is the first photo book, mini zine, i made. It was done in high school. Circa '99 on film. What kind? I wish I could remember! I developed it and printed it myself. Then chopped it up, glued the pages together and hand-sewed the pages together. The cover is a piece of exposed printer paper, true black. I took the photos at the Long Beach Harbor. I was probably there researching or applying for CSULB. :) Fun project. I remember being really happy with the images and loved the little book I pretty haphazardly made. The cuts are so rough, which is normally not like me! Still so proud of this. I have very few of my early photograph work. It was all printed (usually 8x10 or larger) and mounted. Ive moved so many times throughout my 20s/30s that I "lost" most of it along the way but this was so small it managed to stick around!
Author: ELLE JAMES
Wedding & Portrait Photography
*has camera, WILL TRAVEL*