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Ethan Jackson: Orbis Viridis Obscurus 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 5 2008
Phone: 231-8294
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For the past three years, the Portland-based artist Ethan Jackson has devoted nearly his entire practice to the creation of site-specific pinhole camera installations. Using this 4,000-year-old technique, also known as “camera obscura,” Jackson uses sunlight, precisely sized apertures, and mirrors to transform lightless spaces into naturally occurring cinemas. Though previous projects in his “Polyopticon” series have taken place in Wyoming and Vermont, Jackson has unveiled three more in Portland this month at the New American Art Union (as part of a larger solo exhibition), galleryHomeland, and 1313 West Burnside Studios. These installations are moody, meditative chambers that re-focus viewers’ attention from what is seen to the act of seeing itself.

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