Frank Yamrus at Valley Variety


In celebration of Gay Pride Month, Valley Variety is pleased to present I Feel Lucky, a collection of self-portrait photographs by Frank Yamrus. Please join us on Saturday, June 21, from 6-9 p.m., for an artist reception.

Inspired by the onset of a mid-life crisis, Yamrus turned the lens on himself and produced a powerful collection of self-portraits that reflect pivotal moments in his life. As Yamrus explains it, “With my camera, my constant companion during this time, I contemplated a lifetime of choices and created present-day images to evaluate my past with the hope of glimpsing my future.”

Created over a period of six years, from his 47th to 53rd birthdays, the photographs explore states of happiness, personal examination, loss, sadness and self-indulgence. For Yamrus, the process was empowering; one image leading to the next, each one contemplating aspects of identity and life. While these images represent personal moments for Yamrus, they have a universal appeal. Yamus is buoyed by the transcendence of the work. He states, “Ultimately, I felt confidence and inspiration from these pictures and the response to this work has reinforced those emotions.“ FY-VV-2 In addition to the 20”x28” prints, Yamrus published a book of the work featuring 56 photographs from the series. The book provides the viewer an intimate experience with these photos.

Yamrus was born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania. He lived 20 years in San Francisco before moving to New York in 2007. He currently lives and works in New York, though describes Provincetown. MA as home. Cape Cod has played an important role in his life and is the backdrop for several pieces in this series, as well as his previous work, Primitive Behavior. Yamrus is represented by ClampArt Gallery, New York. His work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions, and is part of public and private collections.

Valley Variety displays rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists in its expansive and airy space. The Warren Street storefront also offers a thoughtful selection of products for everyday living, along with its own line of furniture, V2 Home Collection. In addition, the space is outfitted with a chef’s kitchen and hosts product demos, cooking classes and special events.

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