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Meghan L. E. Kirkwood at Blue Sky Gallery
April 20, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Meghan L. E. Kirkwood, #ViewsfromDAPL
April 4–28, 2019
First Thursday opening reception: April 4, 6:00–9:00 PM
Artist talk: Saturday, April 20, 3:00 PM
Blue Sky Gallery
122 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 USA
Tuesday – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm
First Thursday 6 – 9 pm
All Blue Sky events and programs are free and open to the public.
“For individuals such as myself who grew up in a suburban environment, massive infrastructure projects such as the DAPL are abstractions. I benefit from the resources they transport and the costs of such delivery systems are born by others in far away places.”
Meghan L. E. Kirkwood travels the route of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in her series #ViewsFromDAPL. For those who may know of it, but have not witnessed the destruction happening on the ground, Kirkwood provides a visual. By highlighting the disruption to the landscape, this body of work “examines the ways in which documentary images of land can provide context to current debates related to land-use and natural resource extraction.”
Meghan L. E. Kirkwood is Assistant Professor of Art at North Dakota State University where she teaches Photography and Foundations courses. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography in 2006 before completing her MFA in Studio Art at Tulane University in 2009. She has received numerous fellowships, including funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab in Iowa. Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.