Fish-Work Solo Exhibition in Portland


Press Release:

On view at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, November 19 – December 20, 2008
Images Capture Moments of Vulnerable Grace and the Fisherman’s Unforgiving Lifestyle
Reception with the Artist: Thursday, December 4, 5:30—8:30pm

Portland, OR—Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present Fish-Work by Portland-based artist Corey Arnold. These photographs capture moments from Arnold’s grueling annual retreats to the Bering Sea and arctic Norway. With scenes of boat life so vivid that some shots can induce fear or seasickness, the artist’s perspective also reveals the tender soulfulness of a fisherman’s extended life at sea. His skillful compositions depict the simultaneous bravery, toil, humor and gumption that “fish-work” demands. Yet the series also illuminates the aesthetic sublimity that can only be experienced, ultimately, by those willing to risk their lives where the sea breaks its back. Having survived several seasons afloat these icy and unforgiving waters, we are lucky that Arnold has taken time to document his artistic impressions of this rare lifestyle and extended us a vicarious glimpse.

A graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Corey Arnold lives and works in Portland, Oregon the nine months of the year that he is not fishing. He has exhibited his work across Canada and the United States, in addition to Norway, Japan and France. Recent publications featuring Arnold’s work include Rolling Stone, Adbusters, Juxtapoz, Giant Robot, Artweek, Outside and National Fisherman. With international attention beginning to gain momentum for this promising young photographer—Fish-Work, on view at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, November 19 – December 20, 2008—is an opportunity to collect Arnold’s work before the secret is out.

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art presents contemporary and modern art that examines our world through subtle narratives. Since 1996, founder and director Charles A. Hartman has provided collectors with specialized access to fine art that reflects his consistently discerning lens. Creating a platform for both regional and international artists, the gallery advances aesthetics that are agile, historically relevant and uncompromising in quality. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 6PM, or by appointment.

Media Contact: Wendy Miller,, 503.235.4681
High-resolution images, interviews and additional information are available upon request.

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