Bring-Forth: Artist Talk
Photographs by P.S. OpirhoryJanuary 4, 2020 at 2:00pm until January 4, 2020 at 3:00pm
The debut collection of photography from Baltimore-based Peter Scott Opirhory explores a single post-war boom house in which rays of light and shadows suffuse hallways, walls, and mirrors with eidetic refractions of decades lived by three overlapping generations.
Bring-Forth features large medium-format photographs selected from his book, Fair Lawn, which delves into a multi-year navigation through a deeply personal space at a time of unexpected transformation. Returning regularly to the home owned by his family for five decades—in which his mother had returned to be with his aging grandmother—Opirhory distills years of images into an intuitive map of empty rooms populated by ineffable perceptions that lurk just beyond the literal.
Embracing a methodology that prioritizes temporal observation and engagement, Opirhory positions the present moment in conversation with a shifting understanding about the past. Bring-Forth’s sustained communion with its surroundings invites references from cinema as much as still photography. As in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, obscured human forms situated within vivid physical spaces assume in their identity-blurring abstraction; as with the 16mm films of Nathaniel Dorsky, Opirhory’s physical relationship to the world manifest as the camera’s relationship to the image.