Jessica Auer
Re-creational Spaces

John Wimberley
Elegy for an Angel

May 4 to 27, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, May 4th 6-9pm
Lecture by Jessica Auer: Saturday, May 5th 1pm


Jessica Auer is a documentary-style landscape photographer from Montreal Canada. Drawing inspiration from history and archeology, her work is largely concerned the study of cultural sites. From the beaten track to the frontier, Jessica explores places where history and mythology are woven into the landscape, and where contemporary landscape issues emerge. Taking on the role of observer-participant, her photographs present narratives that incite the viewer to engage with place using their imagination, as well as look at the practice of sightseeing from a critical perspective.

“Since 2004, my fascination with tourism has led me to photograph popular destinations. Images from Re-creational Spaces show how landscape has been preserved, altered or commodified for sightseeing. This on-going series invites the viewer to consider the historical and cultural significance of these places as well question the tourist’s responsibility in observing these sites. Bearing in mind that the tourist industry moderates our understanding of place, I seek to provoke reflection on personal experience, cultural authenticity and the collective memory of specific sites.”

Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and is the recipient of several grants and awards such as the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Fellowship and the Roloff Beny Prize. Jessica is a co-founder and co-director of Galerie Les Territoires in Montréal and teaches photography at Concordia University.

The Newspace Center for Photography is a multidimensional photography resource center and community hub for students, working artists, professional photographers, educators, and photo-enthusiasts of all types. Through a full roster of course offerings, gallery exhibits, digital lab, darkroom and lighting studio access, artists’ lectures, portfolio reviews, an artist residency, and more, Newspace makes a wide spectrum of enriching photographic opportunities available to the Portland Metro communities.

Our broad curriculum is made up of beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. From foundational, technical classes to classes on creative studio lighting, alternative processes, documentary photography, and marketing for the fine-artist, the Center has a regularly evolving variety of educational programming to choose from.

The Center’s gallery mounts 12 exhibits annually. Artists are showcased in solo or two-person shows with the occasional group show or juried exhibition. Curatorial emphasis is placed on modern, fine-art and documentary photography and has included the work of emerging as well as established artists. The gallery is free and open to the public.

In addition to regular programming, Newspace fills a particular niche in supporting the regional nonprofit community by partnering with other organizations to enhance the programming goals of all institutions involved. Newspace has partnered with Washington School for the Deaf, Saturday Academy, Portland Community College, as well as My Story, a photography program for “at-risk” youth.

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