“I’ve photographed in 17 states,” he said. “I’d love to get in 30 states before I quit.”
The show has already appeared in Providence; Washington, D.C.; and Raleigh, N.C.
It was chosen by Gallery Director Leonie Bradbury in part because it complements another current exhibit at Montserrat, “Wish You Were There?” That exhibit addresses the topic of utopias and dystopias.
“Within each utopia, there’s already the dystopic present, because it’s built around a set of ideals that aren’t true for all of us,” she said. “This work, in a sense that it’s a dream — the American dream — to own your own home, we invest in it, we go in great debt over it, and it can end up being the nightmare of your life.”
Bradbury also likes the way that Wells’ work mixed factual storytelling with more evocative techniques and compositions.
“They’re obviously really sad,” she said. “There’s beauty in it, but there’s an overwhelming poetic sadness to this series.”
IF YOU GO
What: “Foreclosed Dreams,” photographs by David Wells
When: Through Dec. 21. Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly
More information: www.montserrat.edu or 800-836-0487