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Sharon Harper:Moon Studies and Star Scratches
Exhibition: June 14, 2008 - August 29, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, June 13, 2008, 6 - 9 pm The artist is present.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.
The images within the body of work, Moon Studies and Star Scratches, are not available to the eye until they are fixed on some photographic material. Traditional realms of the sublime-vast night skies here-are the subjects examined and transformed within the camera. What's left behind film suggests traces from experience. The camera itself is a metaphor for the pervasive presence of technology within the landscape. It mediates our interaction with the natural world. It also generates new perceptual possibilities for re-interpreting experience of the sublime. The photographs are made with an 8x10 camera on transparency film and black & white film. The moons are photographed over a period of days, weeks and months on a single sheet of film. The moon links the human understanding of time in terms of a monthly calendar with a celestial realm where time is measured in light years. Long exposures used in the images labeled Star Scratches further explore time. They combine the understanding of time embedded within photography-a four-hour exposure of a star renders on film as a line of light-with the fact that the starlight hitting the film is light years old. Starlight and photographic light contain different codes of time. These images are an attempt to record a realm we can hardly fathom in terms of time, one that suggests the vastness of the sublime, within a framework of time we can readily understand.
Sharon Harper was born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA and lives in Boston.
She is Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.
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