A group exhibit of new photography will be on display this Friday at Page Bond Gallery in “View Find.”
The exhibit includes works by Virginia Beahan, Cynthia Henebry, Elijah Gowin, Dave Woody, Richmond’s Michael Lease and Gordon Stettinius, and more.
An opening reception will be held this Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. for the artists.
In Beahan’s photographs, “a special transaction” occurred between her and her subject, her 90-year-old mother.
“The multiple generations of women in her images give them an enduring quality, suggesting the many similar everyday scenes that took place in generations past, and are yet to take place in generations of the future,” said the gallery in a press release.
Henebry’s work is often created with a large-format camera and contains portraits from a child’s perspective of family life.
“Her work has the warmth and immediacy that seems especially present in pictures of family, and the comforting familiarity of universal experience,” said the gallery.
In a series titled “Fireflies,” Gowin explores themes of faith, human agency and ritual.
Gowin said in a statement to the gallery that the fireflies population is in endangered due to humans’ use of pesticides and the loss of habitat.
Gowin’s photographs are “metaphors for a global feeling of anxiety, loss of control and the helplessness we feel.”
Woody’s portraiture work highlights transitional states in the lives of humans, especially adolescence.
As the artist said in a statement to the gallery, his photography is not fancy. His portraiture contains only the subject matter.
Reminiscent of a visit to the flea market or shifting through old postcards in an antique store, Lease’s work contains his own photography, found photographs and collaborative performance.
He cites Allen Ginsberg’s poetry as an influence, poetry which the poet believed would have more significance in the years to come.
"Seemingly too personal to be of any consequence to those not represented in the archive, these images ask the viewer to take the time to look, empathize and consider that with time all things matter,” said Lease of “For the Lack of Words,” an ongoing project he began in 2003.
The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, February 23.
Page Bond Gallery is located at 1625 West Main Street, and can be reached at 804/ 359-3633. Gallery hours are Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.