The Great Northwest (gallery installation)

single channel video/photography/ephemera

The Great Northwest is a video and photo installation based on the re-creation of a 3,200 mile road-trip made in 1958 by four Seattle women who thoroughly documented their journey in an elaborate scrapbook of photos, postcards, and brochures…

Fifty years later, Portland artist and filmmaker Matt McCormick found that scrapbook in a thrift store, and in 2010 set out on the road, following their route as precisely as possible and searching out every stop in which the ladies had documented.  Patiently shot with an observational and voyeuristic approach, The Great Northwest is a lyrical time-capsule that explores how the landscape, architecture, and culture of the Pacific Northwest has changed over the past 50 years.

The istallation component of this project features a 70 minute single channel video along with photographs, maps, and the original scrapbook.  For a complete synopsis of the project, and to see a short video excerpt, please click here.


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