[Local events] FWD: Wed 10/7, Aurora exhibition opening

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Thu Oct 1 21:05:18 PDT 2015



[Exhibition] Aurora: October 7-18
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*BEAM*PROJECTS   |   5232 N Williams Ave   |   Portland, 
Oregon   |   503-231-6548


  AURORA

Alain LeTourneau

*OCTOBER 7-18, 2015*

*Opening reception:* Wednesday, October 7, 6:00-9:00 pm
*By appointment:* October 8-18

/AURORA/ explores the vernacular landscape of Aurora, Kansas, birthplace 
of Alain LeTourneau’s paternal grandfather. In this series, LeTourneau 
uses medium-format photographs, family ephemera, iPhone images, and Van 
Dyke Brown contact prints to examine intersections of geography and 
genealogy: the town, laid-out in a grid of eleven blocks, is clearly 
marked by a more prosperous past. The visible decay of Aurora parallels 
the corporeal decay of families: time passes, and erodes memory, bodies, 
and wood, brick, and iron. /AURORA/ observes the flip side of increasing 
urbanization, the move away from vast landscapes to a densely built 
environment, in which the idea of “cultivation” is associated more with 
financial accomplishment and individual refinement than with seeds and 
earth.

*For more information, please visit*: 
www.alainletourneau.com/photographs/aurora 
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Alain LeTourneau is a Portland, Oregon based artist. He utilizes 16mm 
film, video and still photography to explore the social and personal 
histories embedded in landscapes, and to consider how the accumulated 
actions of individuals and organizations define the function, shape and 
character of the built environment. His work has been exhibited 
internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, Center for 
Documentary Studies at Duke University, 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, Unknown Pleasures 
(Berlin) and Vancouver International Film Centre.

*BEAM*PROJECTS is a collaboration between Pam Minty and Alain 
LeTourneau, created to host periodic exhibitions of their work, as well 
as artists working in video and photography.





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