October 11 – November 23, 2014
Featuring: Michael Floman, David Maisel, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Susan kae Grant, Shimpei Takeda, Amy Theiss Giese and Chrysanne Stathacos
The ability of photography to reveal what is invisible to the naked eye has a rich history dating back to the advent of the medium. Often typifying the conflation of science and art characterizing early photography, the pursuit of the invisible by means of light-sensitive emulsions remains a compelling source of fascination for contemporary image-makers and their audience. Within the realm of art, this preoccupation with the unseen manifests itself in remarkable fashions ranging from the poetics of evocation to the dread of the unknown.
Bringing together the intriguing work of seven international photo-based artists, Shadows of the Invisible casts light upon a spectrum of energy fields, emanations, perceptual imaginings, and subconscious imaging rendered tangible by photographic technologies.
Curated by Claude Baillargeon. Full-color catalogue available.
Michael Floman’s photograms explore the trajectory of natural light emanating from fireflies. Susan kae Grant’s images and installations recast the fragmented course of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep awakenings. David Maisel creates recontextualized X-rays of art objects from antiquity. Marie-Jeanne Musiol captures the electrical coronal discharges from botanical specimens. Shimpei Takeda records the cameraless traces of radioactive soil contamination from Fukushima. Amy Theiss Giese documents the apertureless recordings of darkened interiors. Chrysanne Stathacos photographs investigate the relationship between color and portraiture beyond definitions of race, gender, religion, and ethnicity.
Susan kae Grant, Saturday, October 11 at 5PM, 123 Wilson Hall
Maire-Jeanne Musial, Sunday, October 12 at 2PM in the gallery
Claude Baillargeon, Wednesday, November 5 at noon in the gallery