[Local events] FWD: Tues 12/3, opening reception, BeamProjects: photos by Alain Letourneau

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Tue Nov 26 01:30:28 PST 2013

*BEAM*PROJECTS   |   5232 N Williams Ave   |   Portland, 
Oregon   |   503-231-6548

  Swan Island Industrial Park

Photographs by *Alain LeTourneau*

December 3-8, 2013

Still from Swan Island Industrial Park

*Opening reception:* Tuesday, December 3, 6-9 pm
*By appointment:* December 4-8

This series of photographs documents the natural and built environment 
of Swan Island: the structures and spaces that define the area as a 
“geography of production.” Despite its park-like setting and public 
space along the Willamette, Swan Island is visited by few members of the 
general public, functioning specifically to serve industrial and 
business interests. Public parking and public access to the island are 
restricted to a few areas, and the multi-lane roads aid the flow of 
freight traffic. The industrial park was created in part to localize and 
limit the environmental and social impacts of the area’s industrial 
uses. This division of “labor space” from the rest of the urban area is 
one of the hallmarks of modern industrialization and development in the 
United States.

this project was funded in part by
Regional Arts & Culture Council

*Alain LeTourneau* is a Portland, Oregon based artists. He employs still 
and moving images to explore the natural and built environment, and the 
idea of development in relation to land use. His work has been exhibited 
at Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies, Film Studies 
Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 
International House Philadelphia, Images Festival Toronto, Los Angeles 
Filmforum, Portland Art Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Vancouver 
International Film Centre and other venues throughout North America.

For more information, please visit: 

*BEAM*PROJECTS is a collaboration between Pam Minty and Alain LeTourneau 
created to host periodic exhibitions of their work, as well as the work 
of other local and regional artists.

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