Welcome Priya Kambli

Our December Artist-in-Residence, Priya Kambli, has arrived just in time for the first major snowfall of the year in Syracuse. Good thing that Priya plans on spending most of her time indoors at Community Darkrooms making multiple editions of prints from her series Color Falls Down.

The series takes its name from a popular Hindi movie song, which speaks to the artist’s ultimate goal with the work: to bring together her roots in India with her life in America. Priya uses digital collage to combine the different cultures, generations, and identities that inform her life and work.

At right, the photographer keeps close tabs on various iterations of proofs as she works with Digital Lab Manager John Mannion to perfect her prints. Today the first full-scale print rolled off the 9900 in the new digital service area, with many more to come soon.

Apply for a Light Work Residency

Starting in 1976, Light Work has built a reputation for having one of the most beneficial and productive residencies in the art world. Some very familiar names have passed through our four-week residency program, including Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, and Andres Serrano. Our residents count among today’s most driven and talented artists.

Residents receive a $4,000 stipend, ample staff support, 24-hour access to our state-of-the-art facility, and a free apartment for the duration of the residency. We also offer a $500 printing credit in our digital lab to encourage experimentation. Yes, it’s that kind of place.

Applying for a residency is easy and straightforward. We have a rolling deadline, so please submit your application as soon as you feel you’re ready.

At right, Dean Kessmann, 2009 Light Work Artist-in-Residence.

Chad States, interviewed and blogged

Nozlee Samadzadeh at The Morning News posted an insightful and in-depth interview with Chad States, who did a residency here at Light Work in June 2009. In the interview, titled “Men at Their Most Masculine,” Samadzadeh and an accompanying image gallery focus on States’s series of portraits and texts that seek the answer to the question, “Are you masculine?”

Later the same day, Jezebel ran an item on the interview and States’s work that has generated over 13,000 hits so far and a lively discussion on the definitions of masculinity and femininity in the comments section.

Read both sites for some interesting perspectives and commentary on this intriguing and beautiful series.

Carrie Mae Weems on Art:21

Season 5 of the PBS series Art:21 opens with an episode entitled Compassion. The episode, which premieres on October 7, 2009, features interviews with artists William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and former Light Work Artist-in-Residence Carrie Mae Weems.

In her segment, Weems discusses the presence of compassion in her work and how the use of appropriated images can help to open a dialog between the past and present. Click here to see a preview of Compassion on the Art:21 website, which also features an interview with Weems and Dawoud Bey, himself a former Light Work Artist-in-Residence.

Three Light Work connected artists at Carrie Haddad

Robert Flynt and Warren Neidich, former artists in residence at Light Work, and Gary Schneider, with whom Light Work published Genetic Self-Portrait, are exhibiting at Carrie Haddad Gallery July 16, 2009 through August 30, 2009. The exhibit, “Afterglow: Four Photographers & the Hand-Held Light,” also includes the work of David Lebe.

Melissa Stafford, curator, says about this exhibit:

The work of these photographers is vital and never still. Their images register something of what human life is and of what human life might be; present fully in every instant of time. The gleaming tracery evokes a gradual recognition of nose, mouth, chin, and neck coalescing into a recognizable form like “man”, or even an individual, like “Christopher”, but this body transcends those familiar, literal forms. Alfred Stieglitz, a hundred years ago, believed that personality could not be expressed by a face alone. The work in this exhibit agrees; it attempts to further sensitize photography – extending the medium to take in more and more of life’s fleeting glow.

The exhibit opens Saturday July 18 with a reception from 6 to 8 pm.

Carrie Haddad Gallery
318 Warren Street
Hudson, NY. 12534

The Light Work Annual 2009

The Light Work Annual is one of the most anticipated issues of Contact Sheet of the year. In the Annual, we feature images by our Artists-in-Residence, as well as insightful essays about their work. We also highlight the winners of our Light Work Grants in Photography program. The Annual provides a snapshot of all the exciting, ground-breaking art, exhibitions, and events that happen at Light Work over the year.

The Light Work Annual 2009, which will ship early in July, is bursting at the seams with 96 pages. It features photographs by our 2008 Artists-in-Residence including Scott Conarroe, Kelli Connell, Lola Flash, Cristina Fraire, Admas Habteslasie, Deana Lawson, Paula Luttringer, John Clark Mayden, Christine Osinski, Oscar Palacio, Xaviera Simmons, Amy Stein, Krista Steinke, and Garie Waltzer. Contributing essayists include Dawoud Bey, Julie Bolcer, Josh Brilliant, Leslie Rose Close, Karen Irvine, David L. Jacobs, Allison N. Kemmerer, Stuart Krimko, Peter MacGill, Maria Moreno, Alison Devine Nordström, Franklin Sirmans, Alec Soth, and Spring Ulmer.

If you subscribe today, you will receive The Light Work Annual 2009 as your first issue of Contact Sheet. Click here to see the 2009 subscription program offers, with beautiful prints and books that can make your subscription to Contact Sheet even sweeter.

Picturing New York: Christine Osinski

Christine Osinski, who was a Light Work Artist-in-Residence in September 2008, has photographed the activities of an all-female swimmers club on Staten Island for several years. An image from Osinski’s swimmers series is included in the exhibition Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art and in the accompanying catalog.

You can see the exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid through June 14 until the show travels to the Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto in Italy for a viewing from July 11 to October 11. The Irish Museum of Modern Art will host the final installation of the exhibition from November 25 to February 7, 2010.

Deana Lawson and Desires at Chashama

The photographs of former Light Work Artist-in-Residence (2008) Deana Lawson appear in the exhibition Desires at Chashama in New York City. The show is curated by Robert Curcio and features painting, sculpture, and photographs by seven other artists including Ricky Allman, Sandra Bermudez, and Carla Gannis. The exhibition asks viewers to question and perhaps reformulate what they think they know about desire, especially the representation of desire. It should be intriguing to see how this idea plays out across the different media. The show opens May 6, with a reception on May 5 from 6 to 8.

May 6-24, 2009
112 West 44 Street at Sixth Avenue
New York, New York 10036

Migdalia Valdes at Intersection

Former Light Work Artist-in-Residence (2005) Migdalia Valdes celebrates a decade of her daily photographic project with the exhibition Every Day in Black in White at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. Valdez has made at least one photograph a day for the past ten years. The exhibition features prints from this diaristic practice and also elaborate journals made by Valdez in conjunction with the photographs. Visitors to the show can leaf through the journals for an intimate look at the artist’s creative process. The exhibit runs from April 4 to May 23, 2009.
Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Changing States of Memory: Dinh Q. Lê Lecture at MoMA

untitled image by dinh q le
On Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 6:30 pm, Dinh Q. Lê will be speaking at MoMA in the “Conversations with Contemporary Artists” series.

Dinh’s work has been exhibited worldwide in solo and group exhibitions and biennials including the 2008 Singapore Biennale and the 2006 Gwangju Biennial in South Korea. He is the co-founder of the Vietnam Art Foundation (VNFA), a Los Angeles–based organization that supports Vietnamese artists and promotes artistic exchange between cultural workers from Vietnam and around the world.

Dinh participated in Light Work’s artist-in-residence program in 2000.

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400