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May 4 - June 30, 2012
Using luminous new media, the six artists in this exhibition harness and explore light - dazzling and ordinary - as both subject and form.
Curated by Lisa A. Banner.
Light Matter features works by Bryan Graf, Sharon Louden, Beatrice Pediconi, Chris Smith, Joe Winter, and Jeph Gurecka.
The free opening reception, with all-age art workshop exploring the use of light and dark, will be Friday, May 4, 6:30-8:00pm.
Physicists tell us that light is energy, energy is matter and matter generates gravity - the force that defines our physical world. The artists in this exhibition play with these primary elements to create works of stellar interest and surprising variety. Bryan Graf, Sharon Louden, Beatrice Pediconi, Chris Smith, and Joe Winter harness the flickering, transparent, and steady qualities of light, revealing that substance can be created by light bending around the gravity and presence of dark matter in the forms of dark screens, black paper, or deep and dark water. Astrophysics, science fiction, fantasy, and simple daily interactions inform their work, and open new venues for us to see the many facets of light in the universe.
Light is harnessed from intermittent reflections, from its glancing presence upon water, its subtle appearance against the darkness of night, a television screen, or the currents emitted in electrical transmission. Exploring a variety of media, these artists achieve dazzling effects through the power of light as it redefines space and creates energy.
Image: Beatrice Pediconi, Untitled III, 2009, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist.
Download the press release for Light Matter.