Christopher Rauschenberg
Studio Photography

January 16 - March 8, 2014




Christopher Rauschenberg is best known for capturing visual puns and other unexpected forms of levity that he encounters while traveling. For this exhibition, however, the photographer points his shutter inward toward the realm of the artist’s studio. Studio Photography highlights selections from a project that Rauschenberg began in 2006, recording the intriguing things that artists collect and draw upon for inspiration. The photographer thereby trades the backdrop of international travel for the interior of the artist’s workspace and mind. Despite this shift in subject, Studio Photography nonetheless continues his investigation of the everyday: it offers a glimpse into the daily lives of some of the art world’s most recognizable names, including Chuck Close, Robert Frank, Shirin Neshat, Robert Rauschenberg, and the workshop of Gemini G.E.L.

Rauschenberg treats his camera as a magnifying glass to find amusingly happenstance compositions formed by tools and other objects commonly found in studios. In a peek into fellow photographer Robert Frank’s studio, for example, he crops images of Frank’s spouse and sculptor, June Leaf, to appose a colorful target and bottle of marbles. The altarpiece-like composition of this work evokes and encourages spiritual rumination. As Rauschenberg explains, “I am happy to find myself in artists’ studios often. I’m primarily there to look at their art, but I love to savor the delightful conjunctions of objects and images in those studios--two and three-dimensional collages that create and result from the powerful artistic charge that is the lifeblood of an artist’s studio.”

Based in Portland, Oregon, Rauschenberg received his B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA), the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), and the George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) among many other major institutions. An exceptionally active leader in the Northwest arts community, he has taught at Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego, Oregon for many years and cofounded both Nine Gallery and the photography nonprofit Blue Sky Gallery.


Exhibition Images


Adrian Chesser's studio
pigment inkjet print
2008
18 x 27 inches

  Susanne Wellm_s studio
Susanne Wellm's studio
pigment inkjet print
2012
12 x 18 inches

 
Susan Weil's studio IV
pigment inkjet print
2013
18 x 27 inches

 
Susan Weil's studio III
pigment inkjet print
2013
18 x 27 inches

 
Susan Weil's studio II
pigment inkjet print
2010
18 x 27 inches

 
Susan Weil's studio
pigment inkjet print
2007
19 x 25.33 inches

 
Shirin Neshat's studio
pigment inkjet print
2013
33 x 22 inches

 
Robert Frank's studio III
pigment inkjet print
2012
12 x 18 inches

 
Robert Frank's studio I
pigment inkjet print
2011
18 x 27 inches

 
Portland Open Studios
pigment inkjet print
2010
12 x 18 inches

 
Multnomah Art Center dance studio
pigment inkjet print
2013
33 x 22 inches

 
Linda K Johnson's studio
pigment inkjet print
2008
12 x 18 inches

 
Larry Gagosian's toilet paper
pigment inkjet print
2010
18 x 27 inches

 
Katherine Ace's studio
pigment inkjet print
2008
12 x 18 inches

 
June Leaf's studio
pigment inkjet print
2010
12 x 18 inches

 
Chuck Close's studio II
pigment inkjet print
2013
33 x 22 inches

 
Chuck Close's studio I
pigment inkjet print
2013
33 x 22 inches

 
Christine Bourdette's studio
pigment inkjet print
2010
12 x 18 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio VIII
pigment inkjet print
2012
18 x 27 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio VII
pigment inkjet print
2012
18 x 27 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio VI
pigment inkjet print
2012
18 x 27 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio V
pigment inkjet print
2008
18 x 27 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio IV
pigment inkjet print
2008
12 x 18 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio III
pigment inkjet print
2007
33 x 29 inches

 
Bob Rauschenberg's studio I
pigment inkjet print
2007
33 x 22 inches

 
Ann Ploeger's studio
pigment inkjet print
2013
33 x 22 inches

 
Gemini GEL studio
pigment inkjet print
2008
22 x 33 inches

 
Robert Frank's studio II
pigment inkjet print
2011
12 x 18 inches

 
Tyler Kohlhoff's studio
pigment inkjet print
2010
12 x 18 inches