Igor Malijevsky is a jack of all trades. And not one of those "master of none" types, either. He's a true Renaissance man; a recognized artist, photographer, writer, poet, theoretical physicist and philosopher. Being good at so many different things gives you options when you get fed up with one, and accordingly, the Czech scholar gave up on science after feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of scientific innovation and moved to Berlin to concentrate on his photography. The result is a body of work including several series of black and white shots heavily influenced by that Eastern European aestheticâsparse, architectural and heavy-hitting. There's lots of chain link, lots of incidental fences, vaguely creepy religious symbolism, shadows and "happy accidents" that render an ordinary scene a bit surreal. Most of Malijevsky's work is atmospheric and noir-ish, and it's not hard to see his roots as a physicist in the interplay between shadows and the physical. His first Dallas solo exhibition will showcase his visions of apparitions, omens and Eastern Europe at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery (1202 Dragon Street) through May 3rd. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 214-969-1852. or visit pdnbgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: April 5. Continues through May 3, 2008