Reviewed: Lee Goodwin at Fraser Gallery
Coincidence or not, the final show at Fraser Gallery is fitting. The Bethesda gallery, which specializes in photography and painting, is closing 15 years after its now-shuttered Georgetown branch first opened. The last show features the work of Lee Goodwin—a D.C.-based landscape photographer who’s not a household name but whose images are precise and technically expert. Goodwin’s images pay homage to the natural and built environment of the Washington area—Great Falls, the Tidal Basin, the C&O Canal, the Washington Monument. The juxtaposition of color and black-and-white images is sometimes a bit jarring, but a number of the images are well-crafted—the Roosevelt Memorial covered by icy blue snow under a pale pink sky; dizzying reflections of trees and leaves floating in the water; sycamore branches against a canopy of blotchy clouds and an impenetrable forest. Goodwin’s finest images, though, aren’t of a marquee location, but rather of an anonymous riverbank, seen in April (with bare trees), May (bright green leaves), and October (a blaze of autumn).
Through April 2 at the Fraser Gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda, Md. (301) 718-9651. Tuesday – Saturday, 11:30 am – 6 pm.