30
Jul
09

Jon: Photographer Amy Stein at Blue Sky Gallery….

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…it’s your last chance to see the show!

I have to admit, I really dropped the ball. It’s been almost a month since I saw  Amy Stein‘s amazing show, Domesticated, at Blue Sky Gallery in downtown Portland. I had intended to write about it but somehow it slipped my mind. Sorry about that! This is the last week to see the show. Trust me though, it is worth braving the 105 degree heatwave to get there.

Artist statement from Stein’s Website:

My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild” and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed that act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild.

The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania that borders a state forest.

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