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Bruce Barnbaum and Pavel Banka
From August 30th to October 16th, Benham Gallery is privileged to feature works by Bruce Barnbaum and Pavel Banka.

Two internationally renowned photographers, Bruce Barnbaum and Pavel Banka: their work is a striking contrast of style and subject matter that adds a rich and diverse tone to this exhibition. A stunning collection of Bruce's timeless Southwest landscapes is nicely complemented by Pavel's surreal domestic scenes. Despite their uniqueness, both artists share a common vision that reconfigures traditional notions of time, space and existence.

A long-time resident artist of the gallery and a perennial local favorite based in Granite Falls, WA, Bruce Barnbaum unveils his third Benham exhibition, comprising his most riveting and original work to date. One of the highlights of the show is the "slit canyons" wall - a haunting and lyrical composition of light, form and motion, resonating with emotion. This sumptuous array of photographs, shrouded in a poetic mystery, urges the viewer to unlock the many secrets lurking beneath the faŁade. Bruce's background in math and physics is clearly evident as each image flows into the other in a continuous series of unbroken lines and shapes, like lucid elaborations of complex equations. The result is intriguing and often recalls to mind the tumultuous and dynamic forces of the universe, where space and dimension stretch the limits of the human imagination.

Co-exhibiting in this show is a talented Czech photographer residing in Prague, Pavel Banka, who was introduced to Marita Holdaway, owner of Benham, at Fotofest in Houston. He began his career in 1976, expanding on the ideas of Czech master photographer, Frantisek Drtikol, injecting surreal qualities into everyday scenes while maintaining formality and simplicity. His work evokes a subtle sense of eroticism and involvement. While most of his photography is extremely varied in scope, Pavel weaves a systematic flowing of events, unencumbered by time, into his disparate images. He focuses on reality as a fluid process, rather than a linear sequence. The play of light and reflection in his work seem to open a meaningful dialogue with the viewer. Pavel's images are in permanent collections worldwide, including the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.


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