Featured in the Hallie Brown Ford Gallery is Spells. Featuring photographs by Sophia Borazanian, Sara Lafleur-Vetter, Shaena Mallett, Peter Earl McCollough and Colleen Plumb. Spells is a collaboration between five photographers and fiction writer Peter Rock. Rock wrote the pieces of this fragmentary novel in increments, over years, responding to images he selected from a larger pool. Spells gleans details from each photograph in order to construct various moments in the lives of three young friends and other seemingly disparate individuals, all of whom are brought together by mystical circumstances. While this narrative does have a chronology, it can be experienced in any order, and any small sampling will suggest the whole. To listen to the stories while viewing the prints on display at UVAA viewers can scan a QR code or visit spellsproject.com/#audio using a smart phone with headphones. Peter Rock received a fellowship in 2014 from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to continue work on this project. Spells is also supported by a Creative Heights Grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. The audio/video components were made possible by the generous in-kind support of Steve Rauner and NORTH.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website