Rhapsody of Form: Dennis Galloway

Grain Elevators: A sculptural tribute to rural America. A solo exhibition by photographer Dennis Galloway.

July 15 - Dec 31, 2020

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"Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light. Our eyes are made to see forms in light; light and shade reveal these forms; cubes, cones, spheres, cylinders or pyramids are the great primary forms which light reveals to advantage; the image of these is distinct and tangible within us and without ambiguity. It is for a reason that these are beautiful forms, the most beautiful forms. Everybody is agreed to that. It is the very nature of the plastic arts."

--Le Corbusier, Towards a New Architecture


Architects have long admired the inherently sculptural nature of grain elevators. They mutely dominate broad and lonely landscapes throughout rural American, marking our small towns in much the same way soaring Gothic cathedrals have done for many centuries across the European countryside. Like the pioneers of modern architecture who rhapsodized about grain elevators, Arizona photographer Dennis Galloway admires their formal qualities, the way light plays upon their stark surfaces. and their unadorned practicality:

"Grain elevators appeal to me as pragmatic, functional, vernacular, and sometimes eccentric. They are monumental, some almost medieval in appearance. As the old ones are abandoned they become structural and fire hazards as well as targets for vandalism and are periodically demolished. There is still time to preserve this vanishing heritage in pictures."


Dennis possesses an obvious love for architecture, which he expresses through his photography by utilizing every tool at his disposal to deliberately affect the viewer's perception of his images. The results are not necessarily "realistic" or idealized representations of buildings but rather his unique interpretation of the multi-dimensionality of architecture, space, and time.

"His pictures are documentary in nature but also serve as Dennis' lament for a disappearing part of our built heritage."
--Randy Nishimira, AIA