"Melancholia" Photographs by Manuela Durson; Wood sculpture by Dan Sawyers
Name: "Melancholia" Photographs by Manuela Durson; Wood sculpture by Dan Sawyers
Date: December 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
From December 1st through January 31st at Bandon Library Art Gallery: “Melancholia:” Photographs by Manuela Durson, wood sculpture by Dan Sawyer. The minimalist photographs of Manuela Durson contain a spare but vibrant beauty. These strong, uncluttered images are imbued with a melancholic spirit, but not a negative one. On the contrary, they evoke the silent, profound experience of being alone with Nature in a depopulated world. The traces of humanity she does make note of, the decrepit 'Lone Dory' and the rotted remains of a pier in 'Into the Blue,' only emphasize the contemplative solitude of the moment. These photographs were taken all along the West Coast, from Mexico to Oregon. Dan Sawyer gathers driftwood from Bandon and other beaches, and transforms it into free-form sculpture. He emphasizes the wood's innate characteristics through sanding and polishing, and may cut into the original piece to find its sculptural essence. With their curved lines and rounded surfaces, these sculptures flow like the sea that cast them up.