Friday, September 9, 2011

Amanda Means: Glass + Light

Water Glass 1, 2011, gelatin silver print, 50 x 40

Amanda Means

Glass + Light

September 9  - October 11, 2011

Opening Reception: Friday September 9th, 6 - 8 pm

Howard Yezerski Gallery is pleased to present Glass + Light, an exhibition of photographs by Amanda Means, opening Friday September 9th.  The passing of light through glass is a necessary component of photography. Means plays on that concept using glass and light as her subject matter and revealing the complex interplay between the two. By choosing only light bulbs and water glasses as her subjects Means is able to isolate the subtleties of their individual relationships to glass and light; bulbs generate light, water glasses allow for the passage of light. Using this repetitive imagery allows Means to communicate the multifaceted effects that glass and light can generate when they are brought together. But, the fleeting and transient natures of glass and light are exposed in her subjects as well; a glass is only necessary until we are finished drinking what it contains, a light bulb until we leave the room. Thus, Means repurposes these objects in order to demonstrate how captivating and remarkable the deliberate use of glass and light can be.

Amanda Means has exhibited widely with numerous solo and group shows in Europe and North America including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Center of Photography and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is in several public and private collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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