I had the pleasure of going to the Michael Cogliantry opening last night and wanted to share some of the experience. The show was hosted at a relatively new art/music space in pdx called Rererato, around 42nd and Killingsworth. The artists that run the space, Adam Keller and Stephanie Simek, moved to Portland from New Jersey about 6 months ago and from the looks of their myspace page they are more connected in the indie art scene than any old timer in Portland I know. Keep your eye on them; I feel great things to come in the future.
Adam was a close friend of Michael’s in college and subsequently became the subject of many portraits, most notably the disgruntled bellboy (as seen here-http://www.womenshealthmag.com/you-and-improved/tips-for-booking-a-hotel-room).
The highlight of last night’s event -besides the amazing photography, of course- was the white linen suit on display that Michael wore every single day of his travels through India. As witnessed in his photographs, the suit drove approx. 2,000 km in a motorized rickshaw, hiked through a banana plantation, climbed out of a giant dirt hole and suffered the wrath of some delicious dal. Needless to say, the end result is a slightly less white (aka brown) and smelly suit. Michael mentioned to me that towards the end of the trip he was a little embarrassed walking into a hotel with it on. Lucky for me, the suit’s smell was covered by copious amounts of Nag Champa at last night’s festivities. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of the suit from the exhibit.
From Portland, Michael is heading to Nome, Alaska for his next project. Nome is an old gold rush town and the closest US town to Russia. Speculatively, the name came from a misspelling on an old map that beckoned for a town as yet un-”NAME”-ed. Michael told me he’s thinking snowscapes and bar scenes for his next project and noted that his contact in AK offered up helicopters and sled dogs. I can’t wait!
I received an email recently from a photo rep agency named Cake Factory. It was a newsletter about one of their photographers named Michael Cogliantry. He’s having an opening for his show “Two Thousand Kilometers in Two Weeks” on January 31st here in Portland at Rererato. It’s a series of self-portraits he took while traveling in India ‘as seen through the eyes of a fictional character’. Some in the series are very reminiscent of Gregory Crewdson in their cinematic quality. While you’re on Michael’s site, definitely check out the Furry Kama Sutra project as well, they’re wild!
For the holidays I had the pleasure of recieving an original print from Art Brewer legendary surf photog! I am a hard guy to buy for but I have to hand it to my wife for getting me something I would appreciate.
I love this shot for a few reasons:
1. The composisiton has alot of tension. The way left side of the wave curls, it makes me wonder if the elephant pushed the water into a wave or if the elephant and rider are in essence “surfing” the wave.
2. When is the last time you saw an elephant swim?
3. What is the boy looking at off camera? Could it be more elephants swimming?
Art is showing he is more than a jock, get the action, shooter! This is a National Geographic moment.