dnj Gallery is pleased to announce two upcoming exhibitions, Bill Sosin’s Proper Souls in the main gallery, and Sharon Harper’s From Above and Below in Gallery II. A reception for both exhibits, which run through April 13th, will take place Saturday, March 2nd from 6PM to 8PM.
With Proper Souls, Bill Sosin heads out into the rainy Chicago landscape to photograph the world through car windows. As Diane Calder has written, “Bill Sosin employs depth of field like a jazz musician whose mastery of basics allows his music to soar.” (ArtScene, April 2010). This time he expands on the aesthetic he developed in his earlier City Rain series, by inverting the colors of his subjects to create hazy silhouettes that suggest their energy and auras. Sosin dubs these nearly abstract figures “Proper Souls, common folk unknowingly enveloped in their thermodynamic essence.”
In From Above and Below, Sharon Harper looks to the skies with work from several different projects. “One Month, Weather Permitting” consists of long-exposure images of star trails in the night sky over Banff, Alberta, Canada. Using the camera, Harper is able to capture the otherwise imperceptible paths of stars. Similarly, in “Sun/Moon (Trying to See Through a Telescope),” Harper explores the limits of sight using a digital camera attached to a telescope. Neither the naked eye, nor the telescope with all of its distortions and reflections, can accurately see the moon and sun. As Harper explains, because our visual perception is not perfect, “[w]hat we are left with is the act of trying to see and understand.” A video installation of aerial views, entitled Landshift, will accompany Harper’s photographs.
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