Photographer Holly Andres' The Homecoming at Photo Center NW

Unsolved mysteries at Photo Center NW
Brangien Davis  |   October 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
“Secret Portal” by Holly Andres, at Photo Center NW

Portland photographer Holly Andres creates scenes that are eerily familiar yet just out of reach. With elaborate sets, vintage props, costumes and staging reminiscent of Nancy Drew book covers, her cinematic tableaux resemble stills from a long-forgotten movie that still haunts your subconscious. Her new show, The Homecoming, reveals Andres’ early training as a painter, as well as her penchant for portraying young girls in pursuit of forbidden knowledge—and the resultant loss of innocence. It’s an apt way to celebrate PCNW’s 20th anniversary, touching as it does on both a retro photographic sensibility and the contemporary tendency toward instant nostalgia, thanks to smartphone filters that make moments from the immediate past feel long lost. 10/24–12/15. Times vary. Free. Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave.; 206.720.7222; pcnw.org

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