What do you think of when you think of High school? Nasty cafeteria food, study hall, passing notes, or giving teachers dirty looks? Brianne Comley, a Northern Kentucky University graphic design student, began exploring photography when she attended High School.
Recently Comley had a chance to revisit her former school, Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky, with her first solo art opening, “Centered”, at the DHART gallery. DHART gallery is a student run art gallery that was created by Dixie Heights High School to give local artists and students the opportunity to showcase their work. Comley has the honor of being the first student to show in the gallery.
“Centered” explores the structures of objects and their spatial relationship in their surroundings.
“It’s more about the geometry of objects in the real world and how with my camera I can line everything up,” Comley said. “As you can see everything is centered.”
By centering all of her photographs, Comley brings the objects to center stage so her audiences can see the immediateness and beauty of the object. Her work focuses on outdoor scenes and architecture. We’ve all seen decrepit buildings, bridges, and basketball courts. Comley takes these objects and places and finds something poetic to say about them. She makes the invisible the visible.
“My main focus is shooting things that people don’t notice,” Comley said. “Normally you wouldn’t notice that crappy building that’s attached to a warehouse. Things that open your eyes.”
“Centered” runs from Nov. 5 through Dec. 3 and is located at DHART Gallery at Dixie Heights High School. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday during school hours and after school by appointment only.