Frank Hallam Day: The Nimble Eye
As visually acute as he is curious, Frank Hallam Day, is rarely still. As an artist, he sometimes turns his camera to the most seemingly mundane of subjects: a curtain, an empty phone booth, a window or doorway, almost as though in passing. He documents his journey, as it takes him through his hometown, Washington, as well as Europe and Asia, Africa and the Middle East, conspicuously democratic in his choices; nowhere is too grand or too humble. In the vast majority of these images night is his companion, allowing for artificial light sources to reflect off of, play over and pierce a plenitude of scrims, each reminiscent of stages left empty or soon to be filled. Addison/Ripley is pleased to present this recent iteration of works by this distinguished artist. "Please Pay Here", is an exhibition that reflects both his quirky humor and his ceaseless artistic exploration.
As do the reflections of lights on or through surfaces, the written message figures prominently in this collection. Cryptic decals, local graffiti, advertising and slogans, including "Please Pay Here", pepper this collection, much of which is purposely presented in a more intimate scale than his other exhibits at Addison/Ripley have been.
Speaking about the images chosen for this exhibition, in his own enigmatic words, Day states: "There is also a suggestion, now and then, of a kind of annunciatory light, an etherial light seeming to suggest something is about to be revealed, that transfiguration is imminent, and the seedy concrete world is about unfold into something more numinous. But it's just an illusion."
Frank Hallam Day received the prestigious Leica Oskar Barnack Prize in 2012, the Bader Award in 2006 and most recently was recognized by the selection committee for the 2017 Prix Pictet. Day has received several grants from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities including one for 2017. He was Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in 2007, and was U.S. Cultural Envoy to Ethiopia in 2008. He has juried and curated numerous photography shows and competitions in the Washington area.
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