JAKE ARCULARIUS & JOHN VOVES // mother my son
On view October 5 - October 30, 2011
Opening Reception First Friday October 7, 6pm - 9pm
Whether swathed in pastels or detailed in minute shades of gray, the disparate landscapes of Mother My Son evoke the familiar desire to cement one’s presence within life’s most fleeting moments. Within such everyday scenes as a chain link fence or a receding horizon, photographers Jake Arcularius and John Voves record their paths in a style that, counter to film’s proposed objectivity, ultimately renders the mundane thoroughly unfamiliar. Through such aesthetic means as decisive compositions, contrasting resolutions and an ever-vigilant eye, their images, like a distant dream, forgo straightforward reproduction in favor of more pictorial visions. Indeed, Arcularius’ and Voves’ landscapes operate simultaneously as both records and elusive narratives of the artists’ travels that subtly posit truth as an unreliable hallmark of memory.
Equal parts friends and mentors, the Portland-based artists Jake Arcularius and John Voves share an inspiring affinity for both the outdoors and Mamiya rangefinders. Arcularius’ work has been shown locally at Nationale, Alphabet Dress, Valentine’s and The Hall Gallery, and abroad as part of the Glasgow School of Art’s 2007 group exhibition “The Weirding and the Uncanny.” Voves received his degree in Communication from Lewis & Clark College in 2005 and currently spends his time balancing fatherhood with studying to become a CPA. His work has been shown at Nationale and Homeschool Art Shop.
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