RAL Art Studios on Route 9 sets film and photography exhibit opening Oct. 16

October 8, 2015

The Rehoboth Art League will host the opening reception for Fading, a film and photographic exhibition, from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16, at the RAL Art Studios on Route 9. Using photography and film as a means to capture the essence of self, nature, structure and memory, this exhibition consists of three series of photographs by Kendall Messick, Jeffrey Steen and Harold Ross, each of whom explore aspects of fading in the world.

“This is my first solo-curated exhibition at the RAL, so it is very important to me,” says RAL Exhibitions Director Jay Pastore. “The concept of this exhibition is based on photography’s role as a documentary tool. I chose artists who explore the concept of fading in their works, and although the subject matter of each artist’s work is different, they challenge us to think about how we look at the world.”

Messick, a native Delawarean who now lives in New York, constructs installations of still photography, film and video to capture stories that would otherwise go unheard. His installation project, The Projectionist, was recently exhibited at the Biggs Museum in Dover. The works in this exhibition are a selection of his upcoming film and photography project titled Swann Song, which celebrates the indomitable spirit of Elaine Swann (1919-2015), a former character actress and model who lived and worked for more than 60 years in New York City.

Delaware resident Jeffery Steen’s works are all taken from within the walls of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland. Steen walks viewers through the path taken by over 1 million captives, from arrival at the camps by train through departure.

Harold Ross, using light as a sculptural tool, reveals in his nature-based series the patina of time in a way viewers don’t see under ordinary conditions.

Fading will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 29, at the RAL Art Studios on Route 9, 12000 Old Vine Road, one mile west of Route 1. The opening is free and open to the public, and is generously sponsored by both Paradigm Restaurant (next to the RAL Art Studios) in Lewes and Dogfish Head.

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