February 19, 2008 |

In Search of America continues at Silver Eye

Silvery Eye Center for Photography presents In Search of America: Photographs by David Graham on view through April 12. Tirelessly traveling the United States, David Graham has captured the colorful, sometimes surreal, and often bizarre, in the American landscape.

Graham seeks out subjects that celebrate our singular freedom of expression in colorful roadside attractions and general oddities: the painted stone marker that encourages tourists to “Bring The Camera” (Approaching the Grand Canyon, AZ, 1986); idiosyncratic sculptures like the California dentist's mammoth Amazon warriors (Sculptures by Kenneth Fox DDS, Auburn, CA, 1992); and eccentric scenes such as the Dallas hamburger stand that features a life size stature of Lenin.

Chronicling the American scene with his unique sensibility and acknowledging popular forms of American photography – the snapshot, the family portrait and vacation pictures – Graham brings relevance to the creativity and dreams of the common man.

An artist talk with David Graham and closing reception will be Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. at Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street. The reception will begin immediately following Mr. Graham's talk. Members and students, free; non-members, $5. Refreshments will be served.

Gallery hours are Wednesday and Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 412-431-1810 for more information or visit www. silvereye.org. Admission is free.

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