Tim Barney, Artifacts #8
In the gallery…

pcnw Thesis Exhibition

Meryl Alcabes, Timothy Barney, Mariana Jasso
& Heidi Bruns Shank

June 30 – August 14, 2016
Graduation & Reception: Thursday, June 30, 6-9 PM
Lecture: Thursday, July 14, 6:30–8:30 PM

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Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to present our 2016 Thesis Exhibition, celebrating this year’s graduates of the Certificate Program: Meryl Alcabés, Timothy Barney, Mariana Jasso, and Heidi Bruns Shank. This exhibition marks not only the culmination of the 53-credit program, and presentation of a year-long project for these individuals, but introduces a new generation of Northwest artists. Join us for their graduation reception Thursday, June 30th, beginning at 6pm, and an artist lecture July 14. This exhibit is on view June 30-August 14, 2016.

Mariana Jasso‘s series, X-Ray Bravo is an attempt to understand her father’s fatal airplane accident. By recomposing, reinterpreting, and transforming her father’s personal items, including old photographs and childhood toys, Jasso tries to make sense of the fragments left behind.

What is Expected is a series of images by Meryl Alcabés that considers cultural identity in the traditionally observant Jewish community of Seattle’s Seward Park. Inspired by women who fully participate in the modern world but maintain a lifestyle informed by an old-world code of customs and values, Alcabés focuses on moments of introspection and connection in her search for meaning in tradition.

Heidi Bruns Shank‘s series Adapting Clarity explores individuality of sight and perception. The human experience of sight is not only determined by the body’s physical capacity, but also by the mind’s personal lens. Shank’s personal trial with a vision-altering medical condition initiated her journey to evaluate her polarizing sight, leading her to see that uniqueness can unite instead of separate us.

Within I Don’t Let Go: Fragmented ArtifactsTimothy Barney focuses closely on small details. His photographs transcend their original subjects to question the material reality of the present day. Approaching pure abstraction, these images evoke compelling memories of comfort, curiosity, and nostalgia.