BANDON - The Bandon Library Art Gallery features “Melancholia" - photographs by Manuela Durson, along with wood sculptures by Dan Sawyer. The exhibits will be on display through Jan. 31.
The minimalist photographs of 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.
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.
The Bandon Library Art Gallery is located in the foyer of the library, 1204 11th St. SW.