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Davis-Orton Gallery presents two photography exhibitions from may 18 through June 24: Mark Haven’s The Commute and Remi Thornton’s From the Road from May 18 through June 24, 2012.

Mark Haven began to photograph the 350-mile stretch of highway between Rochester, NY, where he taught photography, and New York City, where he resides, as a way to deal with the tedium of the weekly commute. “But as I began to look at the highway through my camera, to stop and to talk to the people along his route, I found that the drive was deepening my sense of America.”

Remi Thornton’s cinematic night photographs in “From the Road” convey the artist’s sense of discovery as well as his tension. Here, small pockets of light throw his subjects of the commonplace – isolated dwellings, municipal service buildings and decayed structures into relief and his photographs become as much about negative space and the mystery of night as they are about the objects contained within.

The gallery is also displaying a Portfolio Showcase exhibiting portfolios by two photographers, selected through competition as both hands-on prints and multi-media: Bob Wagner, On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s Lowell MA and Kroll+Cella, Natural Setting.

At Davis-Orton Gallery, 114 Warren St. 518-697-0266 davisortongallery.com
Hours: Friday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment

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