'Cause Moscow Loves You, Baby

Photographs Do Not Bend has a new show opening Saturday. It's a stunning pictorial titled "Big Bend," and it documents the region through the mind and lens of photographer Jack Ridley. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, you can explore this gallery prior to the opening melee and spend a little private time with an ongoing true treasure of show, "From Moscow With Love." Here through July 28, this series features the work of seven hand-picked Russian artists, including experimental photographer Gregori Maiofis. You'll see his more delicate side in this series, where large animals such as bears are posed humorously in bedrooms and at pianos. His style winks at turn-of-the-century images while gaining contemporary strides, and most of all it's really fun to look at. Don't miss the series of metal playground rocket ships by Ivan Mikhailov; they're everything you wish had existed in your neighborhood park. Mikhailov's gift for lighting might be what makes his photos so alarmingly interesting - the rusting paint and pigment of the metal cylinders pop against the colors of the skyline. This exhibition is worth its own trip to PDNB, so see it now and then again tomorrow night. PDNB Gallery is at 1202 Dragon St. Visit pdnbgallery.com.
Fri., June 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 22-Sept. 1, 6-8 p.m., 2012

 
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