Vladimir Antaki: The Guardians
Sunday, June 2
Blue Sky Gallery / Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., Portland, OR 97209
"Parisian artist Vladimir Antaki brings his celebrated photo series (and recently published book of the same name) to Blue Sky Gallery this May as part of the exhibition’s tour across the globe.
The Guardians depicts small, independently owned shops and their proprietors in urban centers in Europe, North America, and the Middle East - think overstuffed newsstands, eccentric specialty shops, bookstores whose stacks of inventory dwarf shoppers and reach to the ceilings.
The colorful pictures are fascinating for the glimpse into hidden corners of far flung cities they provide, but they also offer a refreshing antidote to the current minimalist trend that has become so ubiquitous in contemporary retail environments." - Oregon Arts Watch