dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions, Bill Sosin’s “Proper Souls” in the
main gallery, and Sharon Harper’s “From Above and Below” in Gallery II.
With “Proper Souls,” 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.”
Sosin is a Chicago-based, self-taught photographer whose work has been exhibited throughout
the United States. His work was recently featured in Black and White magazine’s “2013 Single
Image Contest Winners Special Issue.” He has also won many awards for his work, such as the
International Lucie Award “Official Selection” in 2009 and the International Color Award from
the Photography Masters Cup.
In “From Above and Below,” 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.
Harper is an Associate Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Her photography has been exhibited widely, including in a solo exhibition at the Whitney
Museum in New York and group exhibitions at the Noorderlicht Photography Festival at the
Belvedere Museum in the Netherlands, the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts and the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri. Harper’s work is in the collections of numerous
museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum and the
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Texas. It is also the subject of a 2012 book, From Above and Below published by Radius Books.