Posted on:October 14, 2013
You pick them up off the ground, marvel at their colors, perhaps pocket a couple hoping by some off chance they might stay pretty for a while longer. They never do. In fact, the speed at which autumn leaves shrivel and brown never fails to surprise you. In his long walks around Brooklyn with his beloved beagle Augie, Tom Bovo played out this scenario often as the seasons changed. He was intrigued not only by how leaves changed over time, but also by how they differed from street to street. Each street had a particular collection of plants and trees that resulted in its own palette and variety of leaf shapes, just as neighboring countries might have different languages and modes of dress. As a photographer, Bovo found a way to capture the unique qualities of color, shape and pattern of the leaves he collected over time. These luminescent, almost painterly portraits of leaves will be shown together for the first time in Genius Loci, his second solo exhibition at 440 Gallery. Opening on Thursday, October 24, 2013, with a reception for the artist from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, the exhibition will run through Sunday, December 1, 2013. The 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.