Preview: The Anatomy of Trees, William Wylie, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 15, 2016 at 10:49 am
Cottonwood #12, 033, Pawnee National Grassland, CO, 2015, William Wylie

Cottonwood #12, 033, Pawnee National Grassland, CO, 2015, William Wylie

Winter hasn’t necessarily been as harsh this year when compared to previous seasons, but nevertheless we can all feel bit by Jack Frost’s blues. For those in need of an arboreal excursion, William Wylie’s exhibition and Page Bond Gallery might just be the  tonic. 

American photographer William Wylie is best known for his restrained, black and white photographs of prairies, rivers, and forgotten midwestern towns. Driven by an interest in the “concept of Place,” Wylie’s landscapes capture more than geographical locations: they dig beneath the surface to investigate “spatial practice,” which the artist describes as “our consumption of space and our movement through it.” As with most landscapes, the human body is often physically excluded from Wylie’s photographs; yet subtle clues—tire tracks, ropes, distant telephone poles—indicate the presence of humankind and draw attention to the ways in which we perceive, interact with, and shape the landscape over time.

In his latest series, Wylie concentrates his study of spatial practice on trees he has encountered in two contrasting regions of the world: the western plains of Colorado and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. While the flat, desolate plains in the western state evince droughts and human abandonment, the images from Italy show an abundant, lush landscape that has been preserved for almost two decades as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wylie uses his camera to capture these differences, but he does so impartially, portraying the trees from both sites with the same elegance and attention to detail. In so doing, he suggests that beauty and insight can be found anywhere, in growth as well as decay.

Opening reception will be on Friday, Jan. 22nd, from 6-8 Pm. The exhibit itself will conclude on February 27, 2016.

For More Information: Page Bond Gallery

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