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Bill Sosin: Proper Souls
Gallery II: Sharon Harper: From Above and Below    2. Mrz - 13. Apr 2013


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.

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