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Opening Reception – Looking For You: New and Old Photography by Rimas Zailskas
May 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Photos in this new exhibit by Bold Life publisher Rimas Zailskas all exist in a dreamlike suspension of time, hovering somewhere between abstraction and documentary. In one series, shot in a menacing copse of trees and stylized in saturated black and white, figures in harlequin animal masks almost glare at the camera: the spooky effect is at once vintage and aggressively postmodern. Other portrait subjects confront the viewer from more recessed points of the composition, but even when the figure is turned cameo-like to the side or wearing Dragnet-type sunglasses, what prevails is an almost disturbing sense of urgency.
Looking For You: New and Old Photography opens with a 6-9pm reception Saturday, May 20, at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center. North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson will also appear at the event, reading selections from his book Country. While Stephenson’s work owes a lot to regionalism, his excursions in memory and mood — events remembered, but not always in a linear way — should play out as a fine complement to Zailskas’ work.