THE SPECTRAL DIVIDE
SOLO EXHIBIT | NOVEMBER 2 - 30, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd 7-10pm
This November, Mako Miyamoto makes his highly anticipated return to Stephanie Chefas Projects with a new collection of work entitled The Spectral Divide. Inspired by the infrared light that exists just beyond the scope of one's naked eye, the show pulls back the skin on a previously unseen world. It's here in this desolate realm of infrared radiation--where colors like red and violet emanate with newfound warmth--that Miyamoto's fully-realized figures roam. As the artist brings us deeper into this seemingly alien terrain, the adjoining sensations of fear, danger, bewilderment, and curiosity remain utterly palpable. Meanwhile, the familiarity of each landscape provides a jarring reminder that this world is indeed just one step removed from our own, brushing past us like waves in the dark.
Consisting of both photography and a short film, The Spectral Divide is over 10 months in the making. To create the work, Miyamoto shot exclusively on a modified camera, capturing the infrared spectrum of light, and thereby providing an authentic glimpse into the parallel world that surrounds us. The more one looks, the more one can feel the infrared heat emanating from the frame, or find him or herself lost in the stark wilderness. Never before has Miyamoto delivered such a tangible feeling as he does here. In fact, you may never think of reality the same way again.
The opening reception for The Spectral Divide will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, November 2nd 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 November 30th, 2018 and is free and open to the public.