Elements of Photography

06.10.09

Adam Ekberg, Aberration #8, 2006
Elements of Photography
June 13 – October 4, 2009
Museum of Contemporary Art

Elements of Photography presents photographic and video works from the MCA Collection with a focus on elemental materials of nature: light and water. Also the fundamental elements of traditional photography, the works included in the exhibition foreground the inherent relationship between the photographic process and the natural world. With these elements, artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto, Luisa Lambri, Walead Beshty, and Adam Ekberg create ephemeral works that explore the foundation of the photographic image: the play of light through half opened shutters; haunting seascapes reduced to a gradation of elemental material; and luminous circles of light formed by the interplay of sunlight and the camera’s lens. Bringing the natural world to near or complete abstraction, these photographs emphasize their own material composition. At the same time, they invite the viewer to reflect on themes inherent to photographic medium, such as the passage of time and the nature of perception.

Curator’s Tour: Elements of Photography
Tuesday, July 28, 2009, noon
Free
Meet in the third-floor galleries

MCA Curatorial Assistant Michael Green talks about his process in organizing this collection-based exhibition and helps visitors consider the works on view in relation to contemporary issues in photography.

– via Museum of Contemporary Art

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