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Shawn Records, Stupid People Love High Places: Recent Photographs of the World

The Japanese have an expression: "Stupid People Love High Places." Recently, Shawn Records had the opportunity to circumnavigate the globe in just 18 days, with stops in Paris, London, Madrid, and Tokyo. PDX Gallery, through its Window Project, is proud to present "Stupid People Love High Places," a slideshow of photographs, primarily drawn from Records's recent travels.

Utilizing the slideshow format to explore the potential of quantity and sequencing not afforded by a gallery wall, Records's work weaves between the intimate and the distant; exploring the contrast between the expectations of travel and the realities of traveling. We are presented with big places and small moments, with no overt umbrella of meaning, narrative, or context. Records presents these photographs simply as he's made them- as scraps that he's recently picked up along the way- souvenirs and treasures; shiny, exotic rectangles from around the globe.


2003 MFA, Art Photography. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.
Scholarship & assistantship recipient.
2000 B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Interdisciplinary Studies-
Photography/Writing, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
1998 "Image, Sequence, and Series," a photographic workshop taught by
Nathan Lyons. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO.
solo exhibitions
2007 Castillo/Corrales Gallery, Paris. selections from Beaverton.
Nine Gallery, Portland, OR. At a Loss.
2003 Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR. La Playa.
Delavan Center, Syracuse, NY. More Revery: MFA Thesis Exhibition.
2002 Light Work/Community Darkrooms, Syracuse, New York,
member gallery.
1999 Duane Beeson Air Terminal, Boise, Idaho. Art in Public Places
Project. Some Other Place.
selected group exhibitions
2009 Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA. Lay of
the Land.
Pomona College Museum of Art. Covina, CA. Suddenly.
BookSmart Studio, Rochester, NY. Pause to Begin.
2008 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois. Beyond the
Cooley Gallery / Milepost 5, Reed College, Suddenly.
Toledo Friends of Photography, Toledo, Ohio. 2008 National Juried
Exhibition, juried by Todd Hido
Quality Pictures, Portland, Oregon. The Man Show.
Gallery Homeland, Portland, Oregon. Wild, Wild West, curated by
Todd Johnson.
2007 Shotgun Space, Los Angeles. Roadways and Topographies:
views of the American landscape.
SF Camerawork, San Francisco. 2007 Benefit Auction.
Camera Club of New York, NYC. 2007 Benefit Auction.
Humble Arts Foundation. online exhibiton: group show #14.
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Portland Grid Project.
Boise State University, Visual Arts Center. Here: Considerations of Place
in Contemporary Photography.
2006 Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. Oregon Biennial 2006.
Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx, NY. Drift 2006.
South Shore Art Center, Weymouth, MA. Juried by Henry
Horenstein. Photography Now 2006.
Disjecta, Portland, Oregon. Saturation.
Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA. Contrasting
Objectives: Fifteen Pacific Northwest Photographers.
Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA. 2006 Faculty
2005 Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC. Hey Hot Shot Fall Winners Showcase.
7th Internationale Fototage Mannheim/Ludwigshafen. Portland Grid
Artists Space, NYC. Digital slide show, curated by Jen Didik
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR. Ten Years After: Another Foot
2004 Pacific Switchboard Art Space, Portland, OR.
Temple Gallery of Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA (traveling
exhibition). Oculus Photo Folio.
2003 Fraser Gallery, Bethesda, MD. Bethesda International Photography
Competition. Juried by Philip Brookman, Senior Curator of
Photography and Media Arts, Corcoran Gallery of Art.
2002 Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY. Photographs of the
2000 SPAS Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
1999 Hemingway Center for Western Studies, Boise, Idaho. web exhibition:
Imaging/Imagining Boise.
selected publications
2009 Lay Flat. Issue #1: Remain in Light.
Pause to Begin.
2008 Adbusters magazine.
Monster Children magazine. Issue #17. Sydney, Australia.
Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts. SF Camerawork.
2007 Paper Placemats, ACP. J&L Books. 80,000 paper placemats featuring
images by 40 photographers distributed throughout Atlanta in
October 2007.
Metronome No. 11: What is to be Done? Special edition of Documenta 12
Magazine. Edited by Clementine Deliss. Published by Edinburgh
College of Art.
Practice: New Writing and Art. Practice Press, Inc.
Hallberg, Garth Risk. A Field Guide to the North American Family.
Mark Batty Publishers.
Photography Quarterly #94. Center for Photography at Woodstock.
"Photography Now" juried by Dana Faconti, editor of Blind Spot.
2006 Portland Modern. Issue #4: "Saturation."
Ripe magazine. Issue: "And." Vancouver, BC.
2005 Lippard, Lucy R. "Around the Corner: A Photo Essay." Published in
Site Matters: Concepts, Histories, and Strategies in the Design
Disciplines and Professions. Edited by Andrea Kahn and Carol Burns.
2003 Blue Sky #38. Blue Sky Gallery, Oregon Center for the Photographic
1999 DoubleTake magazine. Issue #16.
permanent collections
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois.
Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.
Portland Visual Chronicle, Portland, Oregon.
Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho.
Boise Visual Chronicle, Boise, Idaho.
2008 Artner, Alan G. "'Backyard' Images Embrace Garish Smugness."
Chicago Tribune. July 3, 2008.
Lund, Karsten. "Beyond the Backyard." MoCP exhibition catalog.
Stadler, Matthew. "Beaverton." Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic
Arts. SF Camerawork. Volume 35, No. 1. Spring/Summer 2008.
2007 Motley, John. "At a Loss." Portland Mercury, Jan 18 - 24, 2007.
2006 Stadler, Matthew. "Transcending Meaning." Visual Codec, September.
Libby, Brian. "Seeing the Present in Past Tense." Oregonian, September
Libby, Brian. "Arresting Visuals at Portland Modern." Oregonian, July
Row, D.K. "Surveying the Scene." Oregonian, July 31.
Motley, John. "Two Views on the 2006 Oregon Biennial." Portland
Mercury. August 3.
Lippard, Lucy R. "Around the Corner: A Photo Essay." Site Matters:
Concepts, Histories, and Strategies in the Design Disciplines and
Professions. Edited by Andrea Kahn and Carol Burns.
"Harrison Haynes and Shawn Records." Review, Portland Mercury.
February 19, 2004.
2009 Artist-in-Residence, LightWork, Syracuse, NY
Career Opportunity Grant Recipient, Oregon Arts Commission
present- President, Board of Directors, Photolucida
2007 Guest Speaker, Portland Community College. Artweek Celebration.
2006 American Photography 22, online publication- Jury:
Kathy Ryan, Vince Aletti, Jason Fulford, Peter Buchanan-Smith,
James Danziger, Lisa Naftolin.
Featured Photographer, May, Gomma-
Guest presenter, 59th Annual Pacific Northwest History Conference.
Portland, Oregon
2005 Guest speaker for panel on the Portland Grid Project, Society for
Photographic Education National Conference. Portland, Oregon.
2004 - committee member/ portfolio reviewer, Blue Sky Gallery
2003 Scholarship recipient, Review Santa Fe. Juried portfolio review and
conference event hosted by the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts.
1999 Images from the series Some Other Place and Points of Interest included
in Lucy R. Lippard's lecture/slide presentation based on her book The
Lure of the Local.
1998 Ernst Haas Memorial Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center,
Snowmass, CO.
select editorial/commercial clients
Art & Auction Magazine
Cookie Magazine
Dazed and Confused Magazine
W Magazine
Modern Painters Magazine
Res Magazine
Oregon Tourism
Wieden & Kennedy/Starbucks