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Smith Eliot "Ghost Ships"

  • Wolff Gallery 2804 Southeast Ankeny Street Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Smith Eliot | Ghost Ships

Wolff Gallery

February 28, 2018, through April 29, 2018

Opening Reception: March 2, 2018, from 6—8 PM

Open First Friday, April 6, 2018, from 6—8 PM

Wolff Gallery hours: Wednesday—Sunday from 11 AM—6 PM


Legend has it that the Octavius, a three-masted schooner, was found adrift by a whaling boat in October of 1775. A search party of five from the whaler climbed aboard the Octavius and discovered the entire crew of twenty-eight fully dressed and frozen at the helm. The captain was seated at his desk, pen in hand...also frozen. According to his log, last dated October of 1762, the Octavius had been lost at sea for over thirteen years.

Inspired by tales of ships floating aimlessly in open waters, suddenly abandoned or with passengers and crews left in various stages of decomposition, Smith Eliot's Ghost Ships consists of photographs and objects that position people as these vessels adrift, and as similarly impermanent, transient, and mysterious entities. Eliot's images are the result of digital and analog photographic processes, encased in vintage frames with convex glass to visually reference ships' portholes. Many of these frames also function as time capsules and contain small objects alongside the artist's photographs.

As part of her solo exhibition, Eliot will also present a selection of her Little Boxes, which focus on the passing of time, memory, and challenging relationships. These one-of-a-kind objects include the artist's original photographs, antique doll parts, found animal bones, insects, and old books. In many cases viewers must touch, unlock, and open each box before many of these surprises may be revealed.

More information about the exhibition can be found here. 

Earlier Event: March 2
Yellena James "ARISE"
Later Event: March 2