Food / Still life photographer, often blending commercial and fine art
"...Isabella's cuisine doesn’t sit still. Rather, it tends to explode, take to the air, and otherwise have a little fun. She’s not about static. The name of her series, ‘Splashes, Crashes and Smashes’ might be a hint." - NWMAW Studios, July 2021
Portland-based fine art photographer + gastronomy enthusiast, Isabella Cassini, is proud to announce her first gallery exhibition opening Friday, August 6th 2021 at 7pm.
Admission is free, and attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP at IsabellaCassini.com to stay in the loop with vendor updates and open gallery hours.
The month-long showing will take place in a makeshift gallery created inside a soon-to-be-demolished warehouse in Slabtown, at 1520 NW 20th Avenue, Portland, OR, adjacent to the intermittently-sunny, yet scenic industrial waterfront of the Willamette River.
In line with Isabella's personal commitments to culinary excellence, creative awesomeness, and social justice, her exhibition will also showcase several female-owned and/or BIPOC local chefs/food vendors, offering visitors a sampling of their mission-driven talents every Friday night in August.
While Isabella was raised in a family devoted to the arts, her creative identity first began to take shape at Idyllwild Arts Academy, where she pursued a specialized high school diploma with an emphasis in crafting still and moving images. She briefly pursued economics at Hampshire College, where she became deeply committed to social justice and began to view her creative work as a platform for greater good. After two years, she moved to Los Angeles and found mentorship with Susan Baraz at AtEdge, an on-going series of print and digital publications that connects assignment photographers with buyers, and presents commercial photography in a fine art environment. She spent a few years in New York City photographing the live music scene until 2017 when she unexpectedly found herself in Portland, OR, a city she feels very lucky to now call ‘home.’ Isabella admits that her photography, like the majority of her thoughts, is dedicated mostly to edible subjects. Her still-lifes strive to infuse playful, new meaning to the phrase ‘fast food’ and she hopes her debut exhibition will delight viewers with her unique flavors of light, shape, and motion.
Isabella spent a few years in New York City photographing the live music scene until 2017 when she unexpectedly found herself in Portland, OR, a city she feels very lucky to now call ‘home.’ Isabella admits that her photography, like the majority of her thoughts, is dedicated mostly to edible subjects. Her still-lifes strive to infuse playful, new meaning to the phrase ‘fast food’ and she hopes her debut exhibition will delight viewers with her unique flavors of light, shape, and motion.
As we emerge from COVID, Isabella wishes to significantly increase her participation with local for-profit and non-profit communities. To that end, she is proud to announce her first solo show, set in a location as bold as her color palette. Choosing a warehouse set to be demolished in Fall 2021 has granted her freedoms that would not be afforded her by a traditional gallery. This showcase of her decades-long love affair with photography opens Friday, August 6th at 7pm and will run through the month with limited daytime viewing hours during the week and special social events every Friday night. It’s not to be missed!
For more details, please visit IsabellaCassini.com and follow @CassinPhoto on Instagram.
Her exhibition is generously funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. For more information or to donate, find them on Facebook: @Regional Arts & Culture Council and on Instagram: @regionalarts.
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Photographer: Isabella Cassini
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