BEAUMONT — The High Street Gallery will host “Street Violence is Always Love,” an exhibition of photography by Gabriel Sellers, 7-10 p.m., Dec. 30.
The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.
“A few months ago, Gabe showed me some photographs he took at some house shows around 2011 and I thought it would be great to end the year with a little short-term nostalgia” Olivia Busceme, gallery director, said. “It was a pivotal time for Victoria House as a part of Beaumont’s music scene and we’re lucky enough that it was also the time when Gabe was experimenting with film photography. So you’ll be seeing a slice of our brief history.”
Entry is free and the work will be for sale. Refreshments will be available at the event.
“This particular project was the start of learning the documentary process, for myself that is,” Sellers said. “I’d describe this as a long process of learning new equipment, seeing as I had never used a Range-Finder until this time period, documenting the world around me as it passes”
Sellers said alongside music and occult iconography, his biggest artistic influence is Lauren E. Simonutti.
“She was a photographer that used very large cameras to do her work, which was of a very personal nature. Her eye for composition, and skill in the darkroom were amazing.”
Since 2011, Sellers has only been using film-based processes, including darkroom development.
“I tend to use a shot-gun approach to shooting in 35mm,” he said. “I’m a passive photographer when I have a Range-Finder in my hands, I exist in the scene, and don’t change anything other than the angle or place I am.”
The artist said he hopes “to share in the experience that consumed so much of my life, as well as countless other people involved in making Victoria House amazing. This was a once in a life-time experience for myself.”
For more information, email victoriahousetx@ gmail.com, or visit the High Street Gallery Facebook page.