January 4 – February 18, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“Cape Cod is the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts. . .” – – from “Cape Cod: The Shipwreck” (1865) by Henry David Thoreau.
ClampArt is pleased to announce “Bared & Bended: Photographs by Frank Yamrus,” an exhibition of abstract landscapes chronicling the artist’s first winter in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
While Yamrus has frequented Cape Cod for over two decades, it was not until last year that he experienced the region’s harsher months. Seeking space from a spiraling personal relationship and solitude for artistic inspiration, Yamrus headed to Provincetown, the place he considers his true home. As part of his daily routine, Yamrus wandered through the frozen landscapes of the Cape. During these walks, he found his psychological space mirrored in the snow, fog, mist, and rain, and with these elements he created the images included in this exhibition.
In her essay which is reproduced in the limited edition book that accompanies the show, curator Diana Gaston comments: “[T]hese images explore the flip-side of what [Yamrus] knows about Provincetown, after the parties wind down and summer guests empty out. He now knows the landscape in its winter persona, its most raw and brilliant version, stripped to its shimmering bones.” Yamrus’ modest, minimalist pictures represent “the meditative calm that comes through the small rituals of solitary living.”
“Bared & Bended” is Frank Yamrus’ first solo show at the ClampArt. He has been exhibiting internationally for over ten years, with his work represented in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Victoria and Albert Museum, England; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; and the Denver Art Museum.