David Leventi’s second solo exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery contrasts photographs of opera houses and prisons.
“Operas and Prisons,” David Leventi’s current exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery, presents the artist’s extremely detailed, large-scale photographs of opera houses across Europe alongside images of the last remaining roundhouse prisons. Leventi’s use of large-format cameras captures the intense geometries and architectural details of these contrasting structures, drawing inspiration from photographers like Andreas Gursky and Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Leventi is interested in the ways architecture directs the gaze—toward the stage in the case of the opera houses and toward the prisoners in case of the panoptic prisons—and one can’t help but think about the added implications of the gallery viewer looking at the work.
“Operas and Prisons” is on view at Arthur Roger Gallery through October 31.