Frank Hallam Day and Addison/Ripley Fine Art

Dark World: Photographs by Frank Hallam Day

Thru December 15
Presented by: American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
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Over the past dozen years, Frank Hallam Day’s personal work has been devoted largely to exploring the world at night. The visually intriguing dark world offers mysteries and ambiguities, and lends itself to the introspective creative space he prefers. His work comments on a number of salient themes: the relationship between contemporary society and nature and the pace of technological change, aging, isolation, and obsolescence. The markedly formal, unabashedly elegiac images also investigate influences from the history of painting to a degree unusual in contemporary photography. Day’s work has been described as “intimate yet subtly epic.” He looks for an “annunciatory light” transforming everyday things, like plastic market bags and public phones, into objects of special significance. In the words of Louis Jacobson at the Washington City Paper, he “showers a ray of almost spiritual light into the night’s dark corners.”

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