Michael Lease in the Cool Spot Lounge

June 6 – August 3

For the past decade, Michael Lease has photographed his friends, family, and neighbors; the places he’s lived; and the locations he’s visited. Now numbering in the thousands, the resulting images make up an archive entitled For the Lack of Words, from which Lease has selected three vivid examples for display in the gallery’s lounge. Intensely personal and acutely observed, these images remind the viewer that meaning and beauty can be found everywhere, even in the most seemingly inconsequential, everyday moments.

A 2014 recipient of a VMFA professional fellowship, Michael Lease (born 1972, Washington, DC) received his MFA from the VCUarts Department of Photography & Film. His work has been widely exhibited in the region and was featured in a 2012 solo show at Randolph-Macon College’s Flippo Gallery in Ashland. Lease’s portraits of Richmond bus operators, produced for a collaborative project entitled Driving Richmond, were shown at the 2013 Richmond Street Art Festival. A similar project focusing on Charlottesville bus drivers can be seen this fall at the Bridge Public Arts Initiative and Charlottesville Downtown Transit Station. Lease is Head of Exhibitions and Design at the Anderson Gallery.

Images (l-r): Kim with Crape, 2010; Todd, 2008; Felix, 2014. All c-prints. Installation photograph by Terry Brown.