Davis Orton Gallery will be offering two concurrent solo photography exhibitions in September, Wendy Paton’s Visages de Nuit and Lear Levin’s Burlesque & Cabaret.
Visages de Nuit is a collection of black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images to explore the mystery of the night and to bring the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world. Her interpretation of these candid moments is further emphasized by the deep contrast and dynamic printing style for this work which conveys the surreal quality of life at night.
Lear Levin’s series, Burlesque & Cabaret, is an evocation of Weimar Berlin and backstage at ‘Minsky’s,” New York City, in the1930’s. Using hand-made printing techniques of three and four color gum dichromate and platinum/palladium prints, he creates images reminiscent of late nineteenth and early twentieth century photography. Levin has always been enthralled by the lure of burlesque. During his college days, as an aspiring filmmaker, he often hung out backstage with the cast at The New Follies Theater in Los Angeles, hoping some day to make a film on Burlesque. While he never made that film. when he retired from motion pictures it seemed natural for him to finally explore what the colorful backstage life might have looked like during the old days of Burlesque. At Davis Orton Gallery, 114 Warren Street.