Dennis Savage’s photographs are stunning examples of art that confront the viewer in eerie and unexpected ways.
“Unique, resourceful and fiercely independent” are words that photographer Dennis Savage uses to describe his environmental portraiture subjects. The men, women and children featured, like the artist, hail from the Appalachian region surrounding Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio.
Savage has been selected three times for a prestigious Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography. A new solo show through August 26 at the Dublin Arts Council (7125 Riverside Drive) proves how powerful this artist’s works truly are.
The exhibition will include two bodies of work - traditional portraiture and conceptual imagery. “I enjoy working out of both sides of my brain, so to speak,” says Savage. “I usually try to let the viewer know the difference.”
His black and white portraiture, produced with a 4x5 view camera, is full of gritty detail and nuanced emotional subtext. These images are reminiscent of some of the powerful portraiture done by Edward Weston or Dorothea Lange during the Depression.
In Katy As Medusa or Al With Hornet’s Nest, Savage’s astute eye, filled with compassion and empathy, elevates these everyday humans into icons of a certain region. The mundane becomes mythological.
Janet Cooper, Marketing and Public Relations Director at the Dublin Arts Council says that, “When you see the images and see the eyes and look at the soul behind the faces, it is a fascinating look into portraiture, allowing us to learn more about the people in front of the lens.”
For more information about this and other arts related events, go to www.ColumbusArts.com