Review: 'This Is Mine You Can't Have It'

Three untitled photographs by Zachary Bell from 'This Is Mine You Can't Have It.'

This Is Mine You Can't Have It: Selected works of photography by Zachary Bell

Shared Heritage; Dec. 2

The title fits: the photographs in This Is Mine You Can’t Have It feel somehow out of reach, like long-forgotten moments. Bell photographed his friends and everyday landscape for this show, and he gives artistic relevance to that subject matter with his undeniably keen eye and technical ability.

In an interview, Bell said that his intent was to print images in large-format on a type of paper that is normally crumpled up in the trash rather than hanging on a gallery wall. The thin, crumply paper was left in uncut sheets of 10 inches by 30 inches, with one image appearing in the middle of each sheet. The images physically go beyond the conventional framed boxes or rectangles normally seen in exhibitions of photography and conjure up the appearance of tapestries. There are also some selected Polaroids chronicling some friends’ adventures on a sunny afternoon in Fountain Square.

The title is a nod to the poetry of Philip Levine, whom Bell lists as an inspiration. Bell’s fascination with night photography and long exposures, attempting to record an event that is not immediately visible to the naked eye, shows through in some of the photographs featuring starburst streetlights. The exhibition is succinct and well thought out, and there is a lot of fleeting beauty captured in these photographs.

Viewable by appointment only; email info@sharedheritage.info at least one day in advance.

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