The Last Stand | Marc Wilson
"Since 2010 I have been photographing the images that make up The Last Stand, that aims to reflect the histories, stories and memories of military conflict. The series is currently made up of 51 images and is documenting some of the physical remnants of the Second World War on the coastlines of the British Isles and northern Europe, focusing on military defense structures that remain and their place in the shifting landscape that surrounds them."
- Marc Wilson
Photographs by Clayton Cotterell.
His solo show at the gallery opens tonight (Wednesday, September 25) from 6 to 9PM.
More images on our website here.
Ampersand is pleased to present Arrangements, an exhibition of photographs by Portland artist Clayton Cotterell. This new body of work marks a departure from his previous exhibition & publication with the gallery, Unarmed, which quietly chronicled his brother’s transition from boyhood to manhood as a mechanic/private who served in Afghanistan. Cotterell’s new approach revels in the spontaneity of the photographic medium, allowing for succinct encounters with light, color & form to guide both the content & open-ended, sensuous meaning of the work. Seeking out naturally occurring abstractions, the photographs Cotterell has made are global in reach, yet are not about any particular place. The simplicity of their titles attests to the easily recognizable parameters of their content: this is a pole, here is a telephone cord, look at this towel. Such transparency invites one to dwell not on a photograph’s meaning, but instead on the organized complexity of the photograph itself, whereby an image that dazzles from a distant first encounter becomes endlessly richer the closer one scrutinizes its surface. The resulting sense of malleability that occurs with such viewing is heightened by the relational proximity of one photograph to another. In this, Arrangements allows for continual shifts in its own framework while deliberately referencing the continual evolution of photographic language at large.
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