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Travel-themed exhibit opens at Francine Seders Gallery this weekend

A new exhibit opening this weekend at Francine Seders Gallery celebrates travel. The gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., will showcase the art of photographer Eduardo Calderón and painter and printmaker Juliana Heyne.

Eduardo Calderón practices his own brand of street photography. He is skilled at picking small telling moments from the blur of urban life and placing them in the photographic frame for viewers to examine. He is not so much interested in documenting what he sees as creating images viewers can enter into imaginatively rather than intellectually and understand in the context of their own experience. Calderón visited Rome first in 2003 and then recently returned as a visiting artist at the American Academy.

Eduardo Calderón, Biciclettas, 2011, silver gelatin print, 11 x 14 in. Photo courtesy Francine Seders Gallery.

Juliana Heyne visited Greece in November/December of 2010. While she did travel some, she was based in Athens and expected to find it similar to Rome, which displays its antiquity in architectural and sculptural layers. Instead, outside of a handful of landmark ruins, she discovered Athens to be a city repeatedly leveled and rebuilt by outsiders who left it without much visual history. In addition, it clearly was facing hard times without the financial resources to maintain its infrastructure or undertake new projects. In many of Heyne’s paintings and monoprints grafittied buildings and abandoned construction sites bump up against crumbling stone walls, broken statuary, and tumbled marble blocks. While these landscapes are more chaotic mix than archaeology lesson, they aren’t gloomy—they have light, color, and plenty of grit.

Juliana Heyne, Lonely Statue, 2011, pastel and charcoal on paper, 17 x 25 in. Photo courtesy Francine Seders Gallery.
The exhibit runs from Friday through Oct. 30. An opening reception for the artists is from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Francine Seders Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.