Holly Andres: The Homecoming

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Holly Andres’ Photos Brim with Mystery and Intrigue

SALEM, Ore. — A new exhibition, “Holly Andres: The Homecoming,” transports viewers into the photographic narratives of nationally recognized Portland artist Holly Andres. The exhibition features several of the artist’s photographic series that ponder the complexity of childhood, innocence, and femininity. The exhibition opens June 1 and continues through Aug. 4 in the Melvin Henderson-Rubio Gallery at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.

Museum Director John Olbrantz says, “Andres is one of the most exciting young photographers to emerge onto the contemporary art scene in recent memory. Her lush and sumptuous color photographs seduce the viewer with their beauty, approachability, and sense of nostalgia, but beneath the surface of these seemingly benign works, lays a disturbing and often unnerving subtext.”

Inspired by personal memories and shared stories, Andres weaves her color-saturated thrift shop finds and a cast of characters together, to create convincing scenes that transport her audience back to the 70s. Each image presents a telling and candid moment that carries overtones reminiscent of the mysteries of Alfred Hitchcock and Nancy Drew.

The exhibition showcases a number of Andres’s series. “Stories from a Short Street” (2006), was inspired by Andres’ experience growing up in rural Montana. “Sparrow Lane” (2008) presents an elliptical story of a young women on the verge of adulthood. “Anna’s Birthday Party”(2010) depicts a young girl’s birthday party gone awry. The “Fall of Spring Hill” (2011) portrays an accident at a church camp and the collective mothers’ ensuing wrath. Finally, "Backseat Vanitas" (2012) captures three still-life snapshots set in the backseat of cars.

Born and raised in Missoula, Montana, Andres received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2002 and her MFA degree from Portland State University in 2004.

Trained as a painter, she found her true métier in photography and film. Andres has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Istanbul and Portland. “Art Ltd.” magazine profiled her as one of 15 emerging West Coast artists under the age of 35.

Artist Lecture
Andres will discuss her work from the past six years in an illustrated lecture on Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m. at the museum. A preview reception will follow from 6-8 p.m. Admission to the lecture is free.

This exhibition was organized by Director John Olbrantz. Support has been provided by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art
The museum is located at 700 State St. in Salem. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. General admission is $3 and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free and admission is free on Tuesdays. For more information call 503-370-6855 or visit willamette.edu/arts/hfma.


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Holly Andres, The Secret Portal, 2008, C-print mounted on sintra, 50 in. x 40 in., courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, Oregon.
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Holly Andres, Anna's Birthday Party IV, 2010, C-print mounted on sintra, 20 in. x 30 in., collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Acquisition Fund, 2013.003.005.
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Interviews are available with:

  • Holly Andres
  • John Olbrantz: exhibition curator and Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

To arrange for an interview, contact Andrea Foust 503-370-6867 or at afoust@willamette.edu.

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