Ferndale Area District Library Art & Exhibition Committee presents an exhibition of photographs by two Detroit artists depicting their unique perspectives of the city. Detroit Photography will be on exhibit at Ferndale Area District Library from July 18 – August 27, with a reception on Thursday, August 4 from 6-8pm.
More than 20 original photographs by J.Gordon Rodwan and Breanna Garvin display the stunning architecture, landscape and visual character of the city. Beauty can be found if one is looking for it. These photographs employ interesting angles and vantage points to shift the viewer’s perceptions of popular city spaces.
August 4th’s Reception will include an Artist’s Talk by J. Gordon Rodwan and his son, John Rodwan, discussing the photographs, poetry, and essays from their book Detroit Is. There will be refreshments and live music by Hueco Tanks.
Artist Breanna Garvin says of her photographs, ” I was propelled to explore more of my inner city culture as inspiration for this series of work. My work is anchored in the motivation of representing the hidden in defiance.” Her series on exhibit was inspired by photographer Bruce Davison’s East 100th Street, New York, particularly his composition and angles.
J. Gordon Rodwan has won hundreds of awards in local, national and international competition, an active member of the Photographic Guild of Detroit since 1993 and a photography mentor in Focus: HOPE’s “Focus on the Mission” program. He is a graduate of both Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan.
Expect diverse perspectives: J. Gordon Rodwan is a Caucasian man, seasoned in years, having won numerous awards and accolades for his work, while Breanna Garvin is a young, African-American woman who became captivated by photography’s potential in her first years at college. Despite these differences, the artists share a deep roots in Detroit; Rodwan has been a resident for over forty years and Garvin is a native-born Detroiter. In stark black and white, with rare glimpses of color, their photographs provide surprising vantages of the city, reminding us that there is unexpected in the commonplace.
Hueco Tanks will perform deeply romantic songs about life and floating on a speck of dust in the infinite at high volume and with intense fervor. Bring earplugs and leave your heart on your sleeve.
The FADL Art & Exhibition Committee will not be involved in the sale of any artwork in the exhibition beyond providing interested buyers with the artist’s provided contact information.
Source: Ferndale Public Library