The Dana Hall Art Gallery presents A Sense of Place, running Feb. 15–March 9. The show features the work of photographers Stefanie Klavens, Sarah Malakoff and Remi Thornton. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5–7 p.m.
A Sense of Place brings together the work of three Boston-area photographers whose images of interior spaces and exterior landscapes are charged with descriptive details and psychological content. With their highly skilled approaches to picture-making, their artistic similarities and differences offer us a rich visual dialogue. All three artists explore notions of identity, both cultural and personal, while intentionally eschewing any inclusion of the human figure. The exhibit was curated by Dana Hall Visual Arts faculty member Mary Ann McQuillan.
Stefanie Klavens is “…inspired by the seemingly banal; the mundane that hides subtle clues and hints about how our species lives. The everyday object possesses a talisman-like quality and forms the narrative of the human experience.”
According to Sarah Malakoff, the home is “…both a refuge from and at times a re-creation of the outside world.” Malakoff is specifically looking at the representation of the natural world within the home.
Remi Thornton’s empty nightscapes, at first glance, are capturing the ubiquitous locations in the American landscape, from roadside farm stands to rented billboards to self-service gas stations. But it is his long exposures made only with available light that create images that are more in our mind’s eye then what we would actually be able to see.
Located in the Classroom Building, the Dana Hall Art Gallery is open to the public Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed weekends and school holidays.
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