My Gallery Exhibit, "Parked Outside the Door"

April 02, 2013  •  1 Comment

My gallery exhibit will open in just over two weeks, on April 18. The "Meet the Artist Reception" will be on Sunday, April 21, from 3 - 5 PM. The gallery, officially known as the "Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House," is located at 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia, MD, in the village of Wilde Lake. I  will have fifty of my photographs on display and for sale. The title suggests the subject of the photographs. You might be wondering how someone can build an exhibit of fifty photographs around such a theme, well, come and find out! These photographs are from across the country, Alaska to Texas, California to New Jersey (and even one from the UK). Actually, I have more but the space cannot contain them all (kind of like Fermat's proof of what has become his famous "Last Theorem").

Oh, there are a few surprises amidst the fifty on display. I did not explicitly say what was "parked outside".

My motivations for pointing my camera at vehicles parked outside doors:

Vehicles and buildings are the two fundamental constructs of ingenuity that long ago separated homo sapiens from brutes. They both enabled and formed the foundation of civilization. In buildings we conduct the business of our lives while our vehicles wait outside the doors, ready to efficiently transport us on to another location, another building. Almost as soon as they made their appearance, these objects went beyond being merely utilitarian. Using his creative nature man has adorned them and made them unique personal extensions of his individuality. In the modern age, these fundamental constructs are an inherent part of our existence, but they are also part of the background noise of our lives, often unnoticed and unremarkable except in their absence. In this exhibit we take notice of these incidentals, placing them on the center stage. These scenes of permanence and mobility, as expressions of someone's individuality, are often not only beautiful, with off-beat colors and textures and randomness, but in the viewer they can awaken old memories of vehicle makes, and architecture styles, all embedded in the surrounding landscape of the nation. In addition, these images can also provide cause for reflection – what became of the humans who influenced the scene being witnessed, what inspired them, who were they, what statement were they trying to make?


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Lew lorton(non-registered)
Oh John, are you straying into the morass known as post-modernism? Say it isn't so.
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