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Opening Reception: According to the Laws of Chance

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

According to the Laws of Chance is a subtitle included in many works by the Dadaist painter Jean Arp that describes his systematic yet chance-driven method of creating his simple and playful paintings. Arp would let torn pieces of paper fall to the floor to determine his painting or collage compositions. Although the outcomes are different, Arp’s ethos can be found in the work of the photographers selected for this group exhibition.

The artists in this exhibition—Cheryl Miller, Claire A. Warden, Jaclyn Wright, Josh Thorson, Kyle Tata, Louis Chavez, and Will Stith, and Light Work’s collection artists, Cecil McDonald, Jr., James Welling, Peter Finnemore, and Rita Hammond—are using and defining chance as a core element of their largely divergent practices.

Chance is a core tenet in photography. Anyone who has ever taken a photograph knows that the translation of light through the camera and onto film or a digital sensor is never one-to-one. Much effort is expended in tamping down the unwanted and unexpected elements of image-making. The image-makers in this exhibition embrace the unpredictable and find ways to amplify chance to suit their own conceptual and creative needs, from using darkroom materials that reveal process rather than mitigate it, to employing the camera to pin down quick moments of emotion in daily life, to exploring images that heighten the tactile aspects of a traditionally flat medium. The diverse work produced by this group of artists demonstrates that chance is being put to use as an essential creative tool in photographic practices today.

 

May 31–August 16, 2024
Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery, Light Work
Reception: Friday, July 26, 5-7pm

 

About the Artists:

Cheryl Miller (b. Jamaica, Queens, 1953, lives in Boston), Claire A. Warden (b. Montréal, 1988, lives in Phoenix, AZ), Jaclyn Wright (b. Peoria, IL, 1986, lives in Salt Lake City, UT), Josh Thorson (b. Forest City, IA, 1978, lives in Old Chatham, NY), Kyle Tata (b. Baltimore, 1990, lives in Los Angeles), Louis Chavez (b. Bakersfield, CA, 1985, lives in Rochester, NY), Will Stith (b. Tampa, FL, 1979, lives in Syracuse).

About the Collection Artists:

Cecil McDonald, Jr. (b. Chicago, 1965, lives in Chicago), James Welling (b. Hartford, CT, 1951, lives in New York City), James Welling (b. Llanelli, Wales, 1963, lives in the Gwendraeth Valley, Wales), Rita Hammond (b. Syracuse, 1924, d. Baldwinsville, NY, 1999).

Details

Date:
July 26
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.lightwork.org/archive/according-to-the-laws-of-chance/

Organizer

Light Work
Phone
315-443-1300
Email
info@lightwork.org
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Venue

Light Work
316 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States
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Phone
3154431263

Details

Date:
July 26
Time:
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://www.lightwork.org/archive/according-to-the-laws-of-chance/

Organizer

Light Work
Phone
315-443-1300
Email
info@lightwork.org
View Organizer Website

Venue

Light Work
316 Waverly Ave
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States
+ Google Map
Phone
3154431263