DOUBLESPEAK: A Solo Exhibition

Very pleased to announce that a solo show of new work will be opening at Sojourn Studios.

The Facebook event can be found HERE. Please feel free to join us, share, and invite others.

Here is a bit about the show along with a preview image. Hope to see you there!



Doublespeak is a word closely tied to the language of George Orwell’s novel "1984." The word aims to describe the ability to use lies to selectively shape facts while eliminating or confusing ideas that don’t support the agenda. 

In this exhibition of new work, opening Inauguration Day, Josh Alan uses this language to explore the ways in which information is manipulated. Working in a space between collage and photography Alan creates new narratives for the found imagery and disassembled books that shape his photographic and installation works. The exhibition attempts to connect personal experience to social and political currents, violence, and the increasingly strange pendulum swings between progress and the greater darknesses of the past. The result is a focused look at the anxious spirit and turbulence of an America wrestling with identity, historical narratives, and social change. 

Josh Alan was born in 1983 in a small town on the outskirts of Houston. He studied painting at Texas State University. After moving throughout Texas he eventually made his way back to Houston, where he now lives and works. His work, which focuses on American mythology and iconography, is achieved through combinations of disciplines including collage, photography, digital processes, and installation.

Sojourn Residency Exhibition Opening

Just received some photos from the opening of the Sojourn Residency Program. These particular pictures revolve around the window installation I made for the show called "Critical Thinking."

It was such a great night and such a great opportunity to visit with old friends and new. 

Stop by the gallery on Wertheimer in Houston to see the show while it's still up.

Photo credits to Reid Squires.

On Democracy: Newspace Center for Photography, Portland


Exhibition dates: October 7 – October 29 , 2016
Opening reception: Friday, October 7, 6-8pm
Check below for additional public programs.

Artists: Josh Alan | Cecilia Clark | Jasmine Clark | Francis Crisafio | Daniel Cronin | Rodney Durso | Dan Gemkow | Ann Mansolino | Ruby McShane | Julie Perini | Stephen Spiller | Dan Tague | Mike Vos | Russ Widstrand

Selections by Claartje van Dijk, International Center of Photography, New York

About the exhibition:

On Democracy reflects a political landscape in today’s America that is fraught with chaos, confusion and contradiction. Collected in this exhibition are photographs and video by artists searching for the illusive American Ideal in unique ways. It demonstrates the iconography of freedom, a participation in true democracy, and the distortion of the current process. What is at stake is something that goes well beyond a voter in a booth making a simple choice—it is the American legacy and social identity. Works in the exhibition reflect the deep inequality inherent to our political and judicial system; the outsized role and power of capital in our lives; but also the humanity that drives American society in its complexity and beauty.

The works in On Democracy were culled from an online open call submission process and selected by Claartje van Dijk, Assistant Curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.


Related Public Programs:

 OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, October 7, 6:00-8:00pm.

Reading Group: Politics are Depressing/Feelings are Political. A reading and discussion group on emotion as a political force and politics as an emotional arena. Led by Ariana Jacob (please note non-consecutive dates). View readings and reserve a spot at:

Meeting 1: October 8, 11:00-12:30pm

Meeting 2: October 15, 11:00-12:30pm

Meeting 3: October 29, 11:00-12:30pm

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

* Communal Presidential Debate-Watching: Wednesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00pmLocation TBC.

About the Curator:

Claartje van Dijk is the Assistant Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography in New York. She recently co-curated the exhibition Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies, currently on view at the Southampton Arts Center and traveling to ICP at Mana Contemporary. In 2015 she coordinated the exhibitions Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 with collector W. M. Hunt, and the traveling exhibition Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris. She has served as juror of the ICP faculty exhibition Stories in the Social Landscape, and has been on the nominating committee for the ICP Infinity Awards. At ICP, Claartje conducts research on the over 150,000 historical and contemporary photos and objects in the Museum’s collection. She also manages, edits and contributes to Fans in a Flashbulb, the ICP Collections blog. Claartje was previously Management and PR Assistant at Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Gallery Information:

Address: 1632 10th Ave, Portland, OR.

Gallery hours:
Monday – Thursday 10:00am-9:30pm
Friday – Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm.