Opening Reception Friday, February 2nd
5:00 – 7:00 PM
CHROMA GALLERY, 103 W. Water Street
Exhibition continues through Saturday, February 24th
Fax Ayres’ photographs merge a somewhat 17th Century Dutch manner of conveying an image, with his own distinctly contemporary twist, notes Chroma Gallery director Deborah McLeod.
In the Netherlands at that time, Vanitas painting was a highly fashionable way to insinuate the cautionary if dramatic idea of mortality underlying beauty, pleasure, temptation or hubris.
Batman vs. Dragon
Ayres’ photographs capture some of those qualities of hazard, fragility, impermanence and even romance, but generally with Ayres’ sense of ironic humor and playfulness. The scenes are lit in a cinematic Old Master style and acted out through object placement to effectively anthropomorphize his players. Purloined from the kitchen counter, pulled out of a toy bin, or concocted from various fragments of convenient hardware, Ayres’ subjects quietly misbehave in his arrangements, having a lot more to propose than their still-ness might suggest.