The combining of the north and south galleries of the Petshop Gallery may unexpectedly underscore its two new exhibits opening February 5 in Benson.

With a small bridge-way between the two spaces, one can literally move between Harrison Martin’s journalistic photography and Jamie Hardy’s abstract light installations.

While Hardy’s focus on the in-between is captured in flashes of light and Martin’s relies on the captured moments of real people, the two near-opposite mediums find a connective thread in awareness to small changes and surprises.

Filmmaker and photographer Harrison Martin will open Images of Thailand, a collection of photographs from a recent year living in Bangkok and surrounding cities. The wide array of subjects reveal the eccentricities of Thai culture–stepping in-between family shops and brothels, beaches and cities. The rich, color-saturated images will set the tone for his narrative style.

Across the bridge in the north gallery, installation artist Jamie Hardy creates an abstracted experience that seems worlds away from the Thai street life in the other room. The as-yet-untitled show features light manipulation that calls attention to the passing of time and highlights the “choice we can make in every moment.”

Petshop will host opening receptions for the shows during Benson First Friday on Feb. 5 from 7-10 p.m. Images of Thailand will be on view through Feb 29 and Jamie Hardy’s installation through Mar 25. 

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