Visions & Voices/ Double Vision: Collaborative Exhibits Featuring Poems by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

We were out of town but have finally had a chance to see Christopher’s work in Voices & Visions, the art and poetry collaboration sponsored by the Vancouver Community Library.

Christopher sent “Allow Me My Unassailable Sincerity” to the program for an artists to render and received the image “Ocean,” to which he wrote a poem of the same title.

Visions & Voices- A Community Art Experience
Vancouver Community Library
901 C St
Vancouver, WA 98660

Contact Person: VA Art Team
Email Address: vaartteam@fvrl.org

The Vancouver Community Library is proud to present “Visions & Voices,” a creative art exchange where community members were invited to offer a visual art piece or a written piece. They were then anonymously paired to respond to each other’s work. The original visual art and written pieces are displayed alongside the response pieces, resulting in a truly unique, interdisciplinary exhibition of work.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Columbia Room in the downtown library during the First Friday Art Walk. The exhibit will be on display in the Columbia Room through April 30, and may be viewed by the public whenever the room is not booked for private use.

Both Toni and Christopher participated in double Visions, a collaboration between Gallery One in Ellensburg and in Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts in Portland which will be on display throughout April for National Poetry Month. The opening reception for this show also served as the opening for the annual Inland Poetry Prowl.

Double Vision: An Exhibition of Image & Word, featuring photographs curated by Zemie Barr from Portland’s Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts, paired with poems from Inland Poetry poets. Gallery One, 408 N Pearl.

The following information about the show is taken from the Gallery One website:

Double Vision

April 5-27, 2019

curated by Zemie Barr, Blue Sky Gallery
in collaboration with Inland Poetry Prowl

Visual Artists: Susan Bein, Lucas DeShazer, Randi Ganulin, Laura Kurtenbach, Jennifer Zwick

Poets: Kristen Berger, Chris Buckley, Meredith Clark, Mary Crane, C.G. Dahlin, Lynne Ellis, Nancy Flynn, Sierra Golden, Christine Kendall, Larry Kerschner, Laura LeHew, Christopher Luna, Claudia Castro Luna, Tanya McDonald, Travis Naught, Melanie Noel, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Kate Peterson, Rena Priest, Benjamin Schmitt, Carey Taylor, Armin Tolentino, Gyorgi Voros, Taylor Waring, Michael Welch

Opening Reception: April 5, 5-8pm

Exhibit Sponsors:
Dick & Jane’s Spot
CWU, Office of the Provost

Double Vision is a selection of photographs by five artists from Blue Sky’s 2018 Pacific Northwest Drawers, an annual juried exhibition featuring portfolios by over forty photographers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The work on view by these five selected artists brings aesthetic play to the forefront, yet as the title indicates, each artist is presenting two distinct visions–aesthetic,and conceptual–in their photographs that push and pull at each other to reveal more serious underlying themes that range from the personal to the universal, along with social commentary and astute reflections upon the unique mechanics of communicating through photography.

In her series Head Shots, Susan Bein embraces the fact that she is bald, and uses the dome of her head as a stage for her whimsical still lifes. Her playful, often humorous, compositions underscore the artist’s comfort within her own skin as she flaunts conventional expectations of what a woman’s body “should” look like. Laura Kurtenbach is also concerned with visual representations of women in her series, Femme Noir. To disrupt and draw attention to the objectification and and narratives of victimization in popular media, she places found images and objects in new photographed compositions. Although aesthetically playful, Kurtenbach’s use of light and shadow is reminiscent of the darker undertones found in vintage film noir. Randi Ganulin similarly reflects upon the power of mass media in Paired Disasters. Her compositions combine photographs of clippings from the Los Angeles Times with scenes from her everyday life. In this way, Ganulin highlights visual patterns that link the microcosm with the macrocosm, illustrating the intrinsic link between public and private life, yet the visual tension still present mirrors the perceived, albeit tenuous, separation between the individual and the collective.

This visual tension and disconnect is also evident in Lucas DeShazer’s photographs of murals that depict the settling of the American West. Many of these public artworks paint a celebratory picture of the past that leaves out the genocide of indigenous peoples and the devastation of natural resources and animal habitats that occurred in the process. DeShazer uses his camera to draw attention to this flattening of history, yet it is fascinating that he uses photography to do so, as the camera literally flattens our three-dimensional reality into two dimensions. Jennifer Zwick experiments with this characteristic of the medium in her images from the series An Exercise in Formal Composition. Using a slightly off-balance right triangle rendered in a variety of materials, she intervenes in otherwise straightforward compositions to expose the artist’s hand in the construction of a photograph.

When viewing photographs, we often suspend disbelief, immersing ourselves in the scene or narrative presented to us while ignoring the two-dimensionality of the photograph or the subjectivity of the person behind the camera. Zwick, as well as the four other artists featured in Double Vision, encourage this consideration of how their photographs are made and how materials and process inform meaning, allowing for engagement with their work on multiple levels.

Inland Poetry Prowl, now in its 4th year, is a weekend-long poetry event hosted by various venues within easy walking distance, in the heart of historic downtown Ellensburg, WA. Celebrating Sylvia Plath, this event offers featured guest readers, craft talks, open mics, live radio broadcast, book fair, and film screening. Gallery One will be a venue for the event on Saturday, April 6.

 

 

Documenting Street Art: Photos by Christopher & Toni Luna and Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson July 6-28, 2018

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Caged Heart (Venice, Italy) by Christopher & Toni Luna

Documenting Street Art
Photography by Christopher Luna, Toni Luna, and Leah Jackson July 6-28

Documenting Street Art July 6-28, 2018

First Friday Opening Reception: 5-9pm July 6

Show: July 6-28

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
angstgallery.com

Gallery Hours
Hours: Wed, Thur, Fri: 12-4
Saturday: by appointment
Accessible via Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street) after 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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Courtyard, 5 Pointz, Long Island City by Christopher & Toni Luna

Street Art is an ephemeral and often controversial form. This show collects photographs by Christopher Luna, Toni Luna, and Angst Gallery Director Leah Jackson of street art from around the world, including New York’s 5 Pointz, Argentina, Belgium, Costa Rica, France, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venice, Italy.

Here are two articles about 5 Pointz, an iconic building for street artists in Long Island City that was whitewashed by developer Jerry Wolkoff in the middle of the night in November 2013, instigating a multimillion dollar lawsuit by 21 of the artists whose work was destroyed:

https://untappedcities.com/2018/02/13/judge-rules-that-developer-must-pay-6-7m-to-5pointz-graffiti-artists/

https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/02/13/5pointz-verdict-a-mixed-blessing-for-graffiti-artists/

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5 Pointz Girls, 5 Pointz, Long Island City by Christopher & Toni Luna

Angst Gallery showcases cultural events including art shows, musical performances, book launch parties, classes, workshops, and the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. All art forms are valued. More than just a place to show art, Angst Gallery is also a safe space for community discussion, where all people are respected for who they are. We donate the use of the space to organizations that work for human rights and progressive social change such as Planned Parenthood, the YMCA/YWCA, Cascade AIDS Project, and the NAACP.

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Naomi Fast October 13, 2016

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GHOST TOWN POETRY OPEN MIC
Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm
Thursday, October 13
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by
Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar: http://briz.us/

LGBTQ-FRIENDLY, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004
angstgallery.com

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Featuring Naomi Fast, author of

Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography

Naomi Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ms. Fast earned her MA in Writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in Fast’s Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography, provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period.

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Fantasy by Naomi Fast

According to Naomi, “I consider my Portland Light poems to be ‘light’ in language, length, mood and tone—they are, if you will, ‘language snapshots.’ My hope is that they also reveal bits of a city that aren’t readily seen unless we shine a light on them.”

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Awning of Stars by Naomi Fast

Eclipse
by Naomi Fast

We photograph the bronze moon
in increments.
Planets collaborate
enlightening our address
with sun and moon’s embrace.

We’ve lived rivers and oceans of years
but it only takes one
cloudless September night
to eclipse them all,
to reveal with a flash
this naked moment
of our sameness.

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Burnside Love by Naomi Fast

Latitude #1, edited by Rob Gourley, features writing by Printed Matter Vancouver Publishers Toni Partington and Christopher Luna

Latitude #1

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Latitude # 1, edited by Rob Gourley, photo by Chris Gourley

FEATURING Natosha Natoaster Snider, Melissa Sillitoe-Bocarde, Dan Raphael, Robert Rahula, Joshua Baker, Toni Partington (aka Lumbrazo-Luna), Christopher Luna, & more.

LATITUDE, in its first issue published this week, spotlights several emerging poets along with new texts offered by some leading poets who curate spoken word events in the Portland-Vancouver metro area.

Objective was to produce a journal focused on expressive arts, what my professor, Nicholas Crome, used to refer to as “small literary magazines” back in the early 70s. Method involved gathering material from all sorts of contacts, without offering a preconceived theme for the issue, nor excessive guidelines, because I was hoping to be able to present both topical and stylistic variety. As for selection, I fortunately was able to accept something from each contributor. Results are initially appealing, although ultimately this is in the hands of the readers.

THIS SMALL JOURNAL focused on expressive arts is available in the following independent shops:

BACKSTORY BOOKS attn: Amanda

6010 SE Foster Rd. (971) 282-3332

Portland, OR 97206

MOTHER FOUCAULT’S BOOKSHOP

523 SE Morrison St. (503) 236-2665

Portland, OR 97214 opens ~ 11 am Pacific time

JUPITER’S BOOKS attn: Watt

P.O. Box 1096 (503) 436-0549

Cannon Beach, OR 97110