This July, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present Further West, a solo exhibition by Portland based photographer Mako Miyamoto. Miyamoto is known for his cinematic landscapes brimming with vivid Wookie characters and compelling narratives. His subjects transcend any level of campiness to embody something beautiful and even profound. With every image, Miyamoto unapologetically lures the viewer into a realm that exists somewhere between the real and the imaginary.

Further West sees Miyamoto expanding upon his iconography as it marks the first time recognizable humans make an appearance in the Wookie’s world. The exhibit reveals the arrival of Wookies to our planet and how humans came to coexist with them. Taken individually, each work is a mini-narrative dripping with rich color and unforgettable sci-fi imagery. Taken as a whole, Further West completely reimagines themes of western expansion in a way only Miyamoto can deliver. The result is a collection of work that's both alien and familiar at once and never without its uniquely visual edge.

As Miyamoto explains, "Further West aims to reframe themes of imperialism and manifest destiny in American history. Refugees and pioneers on the brink of the unknown step onto foreign soil. Engulfed by the sprawl of the landscape before them, they begin to shape the world while the known and unknown collide. Natural and constructed spaces become augmented as mid-century Americana culture adapts, shifts and changes its trajectory toward a new and uncertain future."

The opening reception for Further West will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, July 7th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through July 29, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

 

ABOUT MAKO MIYAMOTO

Mako Miyamoto studied Graphic Design at the University of Oregon and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Miyamoto creates otherworldly narratives inhabited by masked characters through photography and film. He has exhibited in San Francisco, London, and Portland (among others). In addition to his gallery work, Miyamoto has been featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, Huffington Post, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Hypebeast, Petapixel, The Guardian, and The Daily Mail.