A Closer Look: Shane Lavalette

Kaylyn Swinging, 2010

Pigmented inkjet print, 8 x 10″

Shipped in a 14 x 18″ mat

Edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist


Shane Lavalette‘s most recent body of work explores the relationship between traditional Southern music and the landscape of the South. Inspired by the sounds of old time, blues, and gospel music, his photographs are quiet and contemplative yet, as fellow photographer and poet Tim Davis describes, “build to a boisterous whole.” Through a playful series of portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and abstractions the artist delights in the musicality of the everyday life in the South. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown widely, including exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham, NC; Aperture Gallery, New York, NY; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland, among others. His works are held in numerous private and public collections. Lavalette participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in 2011.

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