Rebus Works, one of our local galleries here in Raleigh, has an annual show of work by folks associated with North Carolina's Penland School of Crafts, which is mainly about, well, crafts, but it also has a solid photography program. Shane Darwent is a photographer who has recently finished a 2-year residency at Penland, and his work is at the center of this year's Rebus Works show, opening this Friday, December 3rd, 2010, and up through January 29th of next year.
Darwent is a new name to me, but he grew up in Mt. Pleasant, SC, studied photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and has recently moved to Chattanooga, TN. His work looks intriguing, or at least what one can see of it on the Rebus Works' website or on his blog.
He's clearly interested in using photographs in mixed media, and has a collection of images called East of the Mississippi/Below the Mason-Dixon that he's making into a book with bookmaker Kathy Steinsberger. He also plans on showing photographs of large Southern houses printed on semitransparent paper and superimposed on maps.
He's also interested in the detritus of the new South, in garbage dumps and mounds of construction debris, and also in color work, also of odds and ends, as in this image.