Rachel Herman: The Imp of Love

Rachel Herman—The Imp of Love
January 14–March 12, 2010
Gallery Reception: January 28, 2010, 5:00–7:00pm

Light Work is pleased to announce the exhibition The Imp of Love, featuring the work of Rachel Herman. The photographs capture moments between two people who were once lovers, but are now trying to maintain their relationship as just friends. According to Herman, she hopes to depict visually “how love bends but doesn’t break.”

This attempt to maintain a friendship where there was once a more intense love can lead to awkward or painful moments, or in some cases tender and confusing interactions between the couples. Many of the images in this exhibition capture affection that is, in the artist’s words, “loaded, layered, complicated, or unrequited.” Yet the couples are willing to endure this discomfort in an attempt to retain a friendship with their former lover, and not cut off contact entirely.

Herman holds an MFA in Visual Arts/Photography from The University of Chicago, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, including at such galleries as Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, WA; Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO; Photo-Four Gallery at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL; and H.J. Johnson Gallery at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, among others. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch, and participated in Review Santa Fe. She is currently a photography instructor at Columbia College in Chicago, IL; Dominican University in River Forest, IL; Evanston Art Center, and is an adjunct faculty member in the art department of South Suburban College in South Holland, IL.

Also on view at this time is the Transmedia Photography Annual exhibition. This exhibition features work by seniors and graduate students studying photography in Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Transmedia Department.

Light Work will host a gallery reception on Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 5–7pm to celebrate these exhibitions.

Gallery hours for these exhibitions are Sunday to Friday, 10am–6pm, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-443-1300. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Marion Parking Lot and Booth Garage.

Light Work invites groups and individuals to schedule tours and gallery talks of the exhibition and facility. Light Work is a non-profit, artist-run organization dedicated to the support of artists working in photography and electronic media. Light Work is a member of CMAC, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers at Syracuse University.

For more information about any of these exhibitions, please contact Jessica Heckman at Light Work, 315-443-1300 or jhheckma@syr.edu.
**Digital press images and image information from both exhibitions are available upon request.

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