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Refreshing Perspective

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Get up close and personal with lemons, peppers, and more fresh produce through photographs by Don Dudenbostel. Images (Lemons 1 & Chili 1) courtesy of The Martin Gallery

July 6, 2011

Refreshing Perspective
Cool down by cruising through an X-ray photography exhibit at the Martin Gallery

written by Kali Blevins

Looking for relief from the sizzling heat? Step into downtown’s Martin Gallery and you’ll find Don Dudenbostel’s “Smorgasbord” exhibit, featuring photographs that are as soothing to the eyes as a cool cloth would be to the forehead. The Tennessee native slices into fruits and veggies using X-ray photography—a technique that brings out the beauty hiding amidst skins, seeds, and peels.

Dudenbostel, who studied photography with Ansel Adams, has formerly used medical equipment—either in its original form or adapted to serve his purposes—to create radiographs of shells, flowers, toy cars, and clocks, but his latest focus couldn’t be more timely. “It’s the perfect collection to feature now, when folks are enjoying fresh produce from the farmers market,” says gallery director Kit Porter. “We’ll even have vegetable bins full of unframed works in addition to the 30 or so framed pieces.”

It’s also the perfect collection to exhibit during Charleston Fine Arts Dealers’ Association’s (CFADA) July 15 celebration of food and art, the Palette & Palate Stroll. During this fundraiser for CFADA’s visual arts scholarship, Social will be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres at the Martin Gallery, meaning you can find refreshment in more ways than one.

“Smorgasbord: Culinary X-ray Photography”: Martin Gallery, 18 Broad St. Through July 31, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (843) 723-7378,

For details on the Palette & Palate Stroll, click here.

For more events happening around town, click here.