The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Postcards from Nineveh,” an exhibit of photomontages by Portland-based artist Friderike Heuer, originally set for display from March 7 to April 25 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Due to statewide bans in place to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Newport Visual Arts Center has closed temporarily, so OCCA displays this exhibit online here. Heuer’s exhibit is a new series of works that combine photographed snippets of 17th-century Dutch paintings of whaling expeditions along with contemporary environments. View more of the exhibit in gallery form here.
“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,” writes 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 20-plus photomontages (14” x 17”) of landscapes and other environments photographed in the United States and Europe, printed with archival ink jet on German Etching paper.
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 (Germany) and a Ph.D in experimental psychology from the New School of Social Research (New York City).
Heuer’s photography has been exhibited at the Lightbox Gallery (Astoria), the Argyle Winery (Dundee), Camerawork Gallery, REMAX, the Oregon Jewish Museum, Blackfish Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, University of Portland, Gallery 114 and the Artist Repertory Theatre (all Portland). She has also provided production photography for various documentary film projects.
Heuer is the author of numerous photo essays for Oregon Arts Watch and has written for Diffusion Magazine. She has also been a guest lecturer at the Portland Art Museum on Carrie Mae Weems and Mark Rothko.
“Postcards from Nineveh” makes its public debut at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm. For more information about Heuer, visit https://www.friderikeheuer.online/.