Curator Leo Michelson and gallery owner Charles Froelick called me up last year with an intriguing idea. They were pairing up 17 painters with 17 photographers, asking them to create a portrait of one another. The resulting show is titled Two of a Kind.
I was paired with local painter Shanon Playford, whose beautiful, often whimsical, portraits and paintings I immediately liked. We spent several months working together to create portraits of one another.
For my portrait of Shanon, I spent two sessions with her, creating unique 8×10 and 4×5 collodion tintypes–a cumbersome, toxic, but extremely beautiful old photographic process with stunning results.
Please join me for the First Thursday opening at the Froelick Gallery in Portland’s Pearl District, June 3rd, 5-8:00pm.
The show runs from June 1 to July 17. The Froelick Gallery is located in the DeSoto Building, at 714 NW Davis. Regular gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30am to 5:30pm.