Ashley Miller: Sweet Things

Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00pm 5:00pm more dates through February 3, 2019

Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Ashley Miller: Sweet Things
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Talking Pictures

The joint exhibition will be on view from January 3–February 3, 2019.
First Thursday opening reception: January 3, 6-9 p.m.

Artist talks:
Ashley Miller: Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m.
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Saturday, February 2, 3 p.m.

In Sweet Things, Ashley Miller creates abject still lifes with unsettling imagery that draw attention to the subtexts of desire, consumerism and overabundance present in product and food photography. Miller’s particular brand of grotesque also alludes to culturally reinforced anxieties about the female body and sexuality that are often manipulated in advertising. The artist playfully disarms these notions using humor and an uncanny ability to present the familiar as strange, and vice-versa. However, despite these critiques of consumer culture, Miller admits, "I am a consumer, too. I crave sugary food that has been marketed to me all my life. I bite and I chew and I swallow what I am given. Modern society is built on overabundance and addiction. This state of anxiety is the starting point for my work, in which I attempt to embrace the tautological regurgitation. After all, I am peddling the fetish."

Ashley Miller was born in Aleppo, Syria and raised on the island of Guam. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is completing an MFA at the University of New Mexico. Miller previously earned a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her photography has been shown nationally and internationally, most recently at the SE Center for Photography in Greenville, South Carolina and at the Organ Vida International Photography Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia.

Ashley Miller: Sweet Things
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Talking Pictures

The joint exhibition will be on view from January 3–February 3, 2019.
First Thursday opening reception: January 3, 6-9 p.m.

Artist talks:
Ashley Miller: Thursday, January 3, 5 p.m.
Irina Rozovsky and Manjari Sharma: Saturday, February 2, 3 p.m.

About Blue Sky

Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, is an exhibition space and resource center for artists, the general public and the national and international photographic communities, located in Portland's historic DeSoto Building, on the east side of the North Park Blocks between Northwest Davis and Couch Streets.

Blue Sky's mission has remained steadfast since 1975: to educate the public about photography through exhibitions, publications and dialogue; and to further the careers and artistic development of the artists shown. 

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Art & Design, Exhibition, Free, Readings & Talks, Multicultural

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https://www.blueskygallery.org

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