The Armory’s Consulting Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds responded to the event of a thread with a question: “How to be within a poem and the recipient of its gift in one swing?”
Do you have an answer? Or is the beauty in the asking?
A really amazing show by Mike and Doug Starn
In Gravity of Light, the Starns’ lamp, like the sun, provides a gravitational center to their universe. They choose the language of photography, writing in light. Their cameras are tools to mediate between sense and sensed, to introduce light into darkness. Light, therefore, is the medium and the message.The lamp casts light on seven of their elemental photographs, all of which have harnessed the power of light in ways both literal and poetic. These monumentally scaled photographs become chapels in an industrial cathedral. Their subjects are both emblems of and witnesses to the dualistic character of light, with its power to give life and to destroy it, to illuminate and to blind. The ill-fated moths of the Attracted to Light series are caught moments before self-immolation, drawn to the light that kills them, their images pinned, momentarily, on photographic paper. Across the gallery, abstracted growths that could be trees—or a neural cell’s dendrites—take root in the Structure of Thought series. The gnarled branches are, in effect, the sun’s signature. The leaf, the fruit of the branch, falls away in Black Pulse and Black Pulse Lambda. These desiccated leaves, recorded in filigreed detail, signal both decay and renewal; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Lastly, there is the towering image of a Bodhisattva, the eighth-century Buddhist monk Ganjin, who, though blind, found illumination within.
Preface Exhibition by -ness
Massive Change - exhibition by Bruce Mau and the Institute Without Boundaries
Contemporary Japanese Photobooks - The Photographers’ Gallery.
Pok Chi Lau
The University of Kansas
Art & Design Gallery
October 28-November 9
Design: Tim Hossler
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