October 7, 2016 - May 1, 2017
Philadelphia artist John E. Dowell, Jr., nationally renowned photographer, printmaker, and painter, has been creating art for more than 40 years. His photographic work has been described as “capturing the pulse of cities and agricultural landscapes of America.” Dowell’s landscape imagery -- both urban and rural -- documents the “artistry of space.” Whether photographing a city or a field of crops, Dowell emphasizes the abundant repetition, patterns, and cultural associations within each setting.
In his series Reflections, photographed at sunset or after dark near Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, Dowell visually records the city in its reflective windows. He chose Rittenhouse Square because the windows of its surrounding buildings are typically constructed with vintage glass “producing such unique reflections – rippled, warped, faceted.” Dowell’s photographs depict the complexity of the city mixing the reality of a window with the abstracted, contorted architecture that is reflected.
By featuring the reflections within a singular window frame without reference to its own architectural context, this natural and often overlooked occurrence is the focal point as seen through Dowell’s camera lens. He is “illuminating the unseen, bringing awareness to a single moment,” as the imagery captured within each window will never be exactly the same again.