Roger Kellison - Reflections of a Life in Pictures

  • Johnny's Gone Fishing 901 West Main Street Carrboro, NC 27510

It wasn't until later in his life when Roger Kellison discovered two important things about himself: the first is that he was an artist, and the second is that he had Parkinson's Disease, the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that leads to shaking, rigidity, and a walk that is often slow and sometimes difficult.  But as if to provide a balance, a bulwark against the disease, he turned to a love he'd had as a younger man, but this time with an unmitigated passion and urgency: photography.  In black- and -white, in colour and collage, his work documents and celebrates a vision of an America which has either vanished or been ignored: the roadside diners, the abandoned gas stations, beautiful murals beneath highway underpasses, the fragile wonders of a world disappearing before our very eyes.  And it's difficult not to see the heroic parallel: as Kellison documents the inevitable deterioration of the world we all live in, he is saying no to his own.  His photos are celebrations of a sad beauty, a dying splendour, moving, true, and expertly composed - reflections of a life in pictures.      - Daniel Wallace - Roger's Father-in-law

Every month at Johnny's there will be a new exhibit of art and there will be live music and food during the ArtWalk and ArtRide.