Friderike Heuer to exhibit at Newport Visual Arts Center

Friderike Heuer’s photomontages, like this one, will be on display at the Newport Visual Arts Center beginning on Saturday, March 7. (Courtesy photo)

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) presents “Postcards from Nineveh,” an exhibit of photomontages by Portland-based artist Friderike Heuer, from March 7 to April 25 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC).

Heuer’s exhibit is a new series works that combine photographed snippets of 17th century Dutch paintings of whaling expeditions along with contemporary environments. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 2-5 p.m., with the artist speaking at 4 p.m.

“The title of my exhibition, ‘Postcards from Nineveh,’ is a play on Jonah — the one swallowed by a whale — who was a reluctant prophet ignored by the people of Nineveh,” wrote Friderike Heuer.  “We, on the other hand, should listen to clarion calls about the need to protect our oceans and fish populations.”

Heuer’s exhibition will include more than 20 photomontages, 14-by-17 inches, of landscapes and other environments photographed in the United States and Europe, printed with archival ink jet on German etching paper.

“The VAC is excited to premiere Friderike’s new series, particularly during a peak in the whale watching season,” said OCCA VAC director Tom Webb.

Before turning her attention full time to work as a photographic artist in 2007, Friderike Heuer was a criminal defense attorney in private practice and later a visiting professor at Lewis & Clark College. She holds a law degree from Universitat Hamburg in Germany and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the New School of Social Research in New York City.

Heuer’s photography has been exhibited at the Lightbox Gallery, the Argyle Winery, Camerawork Gallery, REMAX, the Oregon Jewish Museum, Blackfish Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, University of Portland, Gallery 114 and the Artist Repertory Theatre. She has provided production photography for various documentary film projects. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Portland Art Museum on Carrie Mae Weems and Mark Rothko.

“Postcards from Nineveh” will make its public debut at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.

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