Sun/Moon (Trying to See through a Telescope), 2010
2010 May 27 10:48:35 - 2010 May 27 11:08:34
2010 Jun 19 8:16:30 PM - 2010 Jun 19 8:23:40 PM
No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3
Ultrachrome print on Epson Enhanced Matt fiber base paper / Ultrachrom Abzug auf Epson Matt fiber base Papier
each 57 x 17 inches / je 144,8 x 43,2 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne
December 10, 2011 – January 21, 2012
Galerie Stefan Röpke is pleased to present an exhibition of works by American photographer Sharon Harper, on view December 9, 2011 to January 21, 2012.
This will be Harper’s second exhibition at the gallery and will present three distinct bodies of work that she has produced since the Star Scratches/Moon Studies series that was exhibited in 2009; “One Month, Weather Permitting”, “Twelve Hours From Winter To Spring”, and “Sun/Moon”. The works continue to investigate and experiment with the phenomenon of “seeing” within the framework and with the aid of the photographic medium. She continues to point her lens towards the sky and outwards towards the landscape, presenting the potentials of the photographic medium from both scientific and aesthetic points of view; on one hand, a tool to document and record visual evidence, and on the other, a palette that taps into the sublime to create imagery that evokes dreamlike fantasy.
“One Month, Weather Permitting” is a series of photographic images of the night sky over Banff, Alberta in Canada. Utilizing multiple extended-exposure photographic techniques over several consecutive nights, Harper records the movement of the stars and allows the randomness of the marks made by the light trails they leave on film to highlight “chance” as an important aspect of the photographic process itself. What results is imagery that is “technological seeing”, so to speak; views of the night sky visible to the human eye only with the aid of the camera and the film media.
“Twelve Hours From Winter To Spring” is a series of landscape images` taken during a flight from Fairbanks, Alaska to Boston, Massachusetts over a period of twelve hours. Although the images record the change of landscape, light and scenery as shifts of location, one can also perceive the shift to be seasonal, from winter to spring; a trick of perception that separates what we see from how we interpret such information in our minds. Further, the imagery is presented in grid-form as a singular large-scale photograph, pushing discourse that could range from documentary to narrative, when in reality, it is wholly neither, as the aesthetic choices of the artist play an equal part in the final presentation of the images.
“Sun/Moon” is Harper’s latest body of work and also draws attention to the act of seeing as a two-part process; on one part, a physical act of reacting to visual stimulus and on another, a cognitive act of recognition and interpretation. By connecting a digital camera to a telescope and capturing multiple images within seconds, she mimics this act of looking and understanding on a subject that we would not be able to see directly (the sun and the surface of the moon) without the aid of the mediating instruments she has employed. Although distortions and reflections also result from this process, the sequential presentation of the images of the sun and the moon trace the experience of looking and analysis; a metaphor to “seeing” as a cumulative act and yet an elusive one, as it is imperfect and subject to chance.
Sharon Harper was born in New York, and lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Goethe-Institut in New York City, and has been included in many group exhibitions in museums and institutions in the United States and Europe, including most recently the Nelson-Atkins Museum Kansas City, Chelsea Art Museum New York, Houston Museum of Fine Art, and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum Cologne. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and Albright-Knox Museum, the New York Public Library, the Portland Art Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, among others. She has been awarded numerous honors and fellowships, including most recently, a Residency Fellowship at the Banff Center in Canada and First Prize Juror’s Selection at The Print Center in Philadelphia, among many others.
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