The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present Reflections, new charcoal drawings, paintings, and monotypes by gallery artist Peri Schwartz in conjunction with Unbound, photographs by photographer Philipp Engelhorn, documenting his trip to China with the well known Richmond author, Dean King.

These works will be at the Page Bond Gallery, 1625 West Main Street with an opening reception honoring the artists, Friday, March 5, 2010 from 7 to 9 PM. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, March 27, 2010.

Peri Schwartz’ continues to delineate both the architecture of her studio and amassed objects in her newest series. With a dual interest in the form and reflective qualities of physical space and material, Schwartz creates still-lifes that range from an encompassing vantage to intimate studies of carefully arranged items including, liquid filled bottles, books, tables, stools, brushes, and more. Departing from the traditional still-life, Schwartz flattens the perspective of the pictorial plane and reduces objects to blocks of color. This technique places emphasis on the luminosity of the environment and enables the space surrounding the objects to shed the confines of a background and become part of the arrangement.

Schwartz, a Brooklyn native, still calls New York City home. She earned her BA from Boston University and her MFA from Queens College. Schwartz has exhibited her work extensively on the east coast and has work in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Museum of the City of New York and Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. Schwartz has received numerous awards.

Philipp Engelhorn’s series of photographs were taken in Eastern Tibet. Engelhorn traveled to this high altitude location with Richmond author, Dean King. King’s soon to be launched second book “takes place in 1934 when the Chinese Communist Army found itself facing annihilation, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Nationalist soldiers. Rather than surrender, 86,000 Communists embarked on an epic flight to safety. Only thirty were women. Their trek would eventually cover 4,000 miles over 370 days. Under enemy fire they crossed highland swamps, climbed Tibetan peaks, scrambled over chain bridges, and trudged through the sands of the western deserts. Fewer than 10,000 of them would survive, but remarkably all of the women would live to tell the tale.” Engelhorn’s photographs document the modern-day landscape these women covered during their march seven decades ago. The images show the magical landscapes of Eastern Tibet; the land of flowers, yaks, clouds, and the most uninterrupted skies on Earth at an altitude of over 13,123 ft above sea level.

Born in the Black Forest region of Southern Germany, Engelhorn later moved to New York City where he worked as a photographers assistant for six years before relocating to Hong Kong in 2002. Engelhorn has exhibited in the United States and China and has received numerous awards.