The photographs in Fred Trease's Night Work function as abstract images rather than documents of the real world. Like many of his contemporaries, he has subverted the photographic medium, and created lyrical compositions in which light functions as brushstroke. Trease's photographic manipulation pushes light to the foreground of each image which serves to create extraordinary visual depth, The images in this series depict Trease's neighborhood but do not describe it, rather they present the viewer with alternative way to experience place.
Although trained as scientist, photography and its possibilities has been an abiding interest in Trease's life. When he received a Brownie camera as a child, he immediately sought to make photographs that were slightly out of focus rather than conventional pictures of family and friends. An important part of Trease's photographic practice is his 365 project, a cumulative series to which he adds one photo each day.
Night Work is available for your viewing pleasure at Dykes Library through February 1.
Please join us for a reception for the artist on January 18, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.