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Wednesday, Sep 4 2013
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Getting old sucks, and men try everything to cope with the inevitable midlife crisis, from hitting the Porsche dealership to hitting the gym. "Throughout this adventure, I explored alternative means of dealing with this issue," says Frank Yamrus, including religion and medication. "I ultimately choose photography." "I Feel Lucky: Photographs by Frank Yamrus" chronicles the half-dozen years surrounding his turning the big five-oh. He takes time to enjoy the little things — an afternoon nap, watering the yard, beating off to porn — while pondering the big what-ifs of marriage and fatherhood. Most of his self-portraits, while visually straightforward, have multiple interpretations. Untitled (Playground) could also be titled Stranger Danger, with Yamrus posed with dark glasses and a cap pulled low over his brow. The artist relates to "both the out-of-focus, abandoned child, and the mysterious stranger. The creation of this sinister image appealed to my dark side but it also allowed me to mourn my youth and reignited a sense of humor and optimism in my photographs." Dark humor pervades his work, including Untitled (Pickle) in which he and a friend slumber peacefully, an ax gripped tightly in his fist, and Untitled (Fetish), in which he peeps at his own bare feet through opera glasses. In one of the series' later pieces, Yamrus floats off the shores of Provincetown, clad in the white-collar worker's uniform of khakis, blue button-down shirt, and tie, to make sure we get that the photo is allegorical. To him, this is "about surviving, finding creative ways to face this challenging life, and always staying afloat. I feel lucky."

"I Feel Lucky: Photographs by Frank Yamrus" opens with a reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 12.


Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Oct. 13, 2013

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