Exhibition runs June 4-July 6, 2014
Artist Reception Saturday, June 21 6-9pm
In celebration of Gay Pride Month, Valley Variety is pleased to present I Feel Lucky, a collection of self-portrait photographs by Frank Yamrus.
Inspired by the onset of a mid-life crisis, Yamrus turned the lens on himself and produced a powerful collection of self-portraits that reflect pivotal moments in his life. As Yamrus explains it, “With my camera, my constant companion during this time, I contemplated a lifetime of choices and created present-day images to evaluate my past with the hope of glimpsing my future.”
Created over a period of six years, from his 47th to 53rd birthdays, the photographs explore states of happiness, personal examination, loss, sadness and self-indulgence. For Yamrus, the process was empowering; one image leading to the next, each one contemplating aspects of identity and life. While these images represent personal moments for Yamrus, they have a universal appeal. Yamus is buoyed by the transcendence of the work. He states, “Ultimately, I felt confidence and inspiration from these pictures and the response to this work has reinforced those emotions. “
The I Feel Lucky collection was first exhibited at ClampArt in Chelsea New York in February 2012. Since then this series has been seen in numerous group shows and two solo exhibitions at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, CA and Griffin Photography Museum in Winchester, MA. In addition to the 20”x28” prints, Yamrus published a book of the work featuring 56 photographs from the series. The book provides the viewer an intimate experience with these photos. Excerpts of essays written for the book can be read by clicking here.
Yamrus was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. He lived 20 years in San Francisco before moving to New York in 2010. He currently lives and works in New York, though describes Provincetown, MA as home. Cape Cod has played an important role in his life and is the backdrop for several pieces in this series, as well as his previous work, Primitive Behavior. During his 25-year photographic career Yamrus has produced many significant portfolios addressing such topics like his relationship with his father, the loss of multiple friends to HIV/AIDS, and love, romance, sex and rapture. Having exhibited extensively across the United States and Europe his work has been published in numerous catalogues, books and magazines. Yamrus’ images can be found in many public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, The Kinsey Institute of Indiana University, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is represented by ClampArt in NYC, Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston, TX and the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, MA. His complete resume can be found here.