Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Photograph Commemorating Texas Blues Artist Selected for Exhibit in Oregon

Early next month, the newly opened Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon will exhibit my photograph ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, 2008 in the exhibit Still Life: Objects, Images and Patterns juried by Lori Nik.

Nik is a New York-based still life photographer, recognized internationally for her meticulously detailed, hand created, models that appear real and documentary.  Having won numerous awards for her photography, her work has been exhibited and collected internationally.

The photograph ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, 2008 is of the grave of a Grammy award-winning blues artists from my hometown of Orange, Texas.  Gatemouth was in ill health and living in New Orleans in the summer of 2005.  While evacuating from Hurricane Katrina, Gatemouth succumbed to his illness.  Locals speculate that the three jars of grape jelly on his tomb, left by an admirer, refer to a song about grape jelly that Gatemouth wrote.  Coincidentally, the photograph I made of his grave was produced a few weeks before Hurricane Ike struck the area all but destroying the cemetery.

Still Life: Objects, Images and Patterns can be viewed from 1 – 20 September at Black Box Gallery (503-407-5337), located at 811 East Burnside Street, Suite 212, in Portland, Oregon.  The gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm – 5pm.  Artists’ reception will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5pm – 8:30pm.

'Gatemouth' Brown, 2008
17.3 X 25.9 inches (43.9 X 65.8 cm)
Copyright 2008 Richard Allen Ashmore – All Rights Reserved.

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