FIELD OF DREAMS, from the exhibit at Red Bank Frameworks; below BUS STOP. (Click to enlarge)
“A Lost Lens,” the photography exhibit now underway at Red Bank Frameworks, is modest in scale just 11 pictures and completely lacking in star power, given that the images on display were taken by unknown photographers and found in trash bins and at rummage sales.
They’re not even particularly good from a technical standpoint, says Steve McMillion, owner of the six-month old framing shop at the corner of Monmouth and West Streets. But as so-called vernacular art, the monochrome prints “capture the feeling and soul of a moment lost in time,” he says.
What’s perhaps most compelling about the show though, is that it is the inaugural exhibit for what McMillion has dubbed the Frameworks Gallery within his shop, and what that may portend for an intersection best known for a Mexican restaurant, a vacuum-cleaner store and a vacant lot that’s been a magnet for failed development plans.