The small type and deep, dark images force the viewer to get up close with the individual images, creating not just a view into the uncomfortable world of turning 30, but potentially causing reflection into the viewer's own life. Since they are unframed and printed on metallic paper, many actually see their own image in the surface of the photographs, making the experience even more personal.
Derek Eley grew up in Zuni, VA and now resides in Norfolk. He holds a BFA from VCU and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and currently teaches at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach.
Please join us this Friday, November 16th, for refreshments and a meet and greet with the artist from 6-8pm and to check out these simultaneously simple and complex images for yourself(the web does them no justice) The work will hang for the rest of the month of November.