Liminal Infrastructure

May 14 – August 9

/ 2015

Liminal Infrastructure will feature newly-commissioned photographs made in and around Chicago by Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen, and Tristan Duke of the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio. Working with the Liminal Camera, a massive portable camera fashioned from a shipping container, the Optics Division utilizes experimental photographic technology in an ongoing project to map and depict the American landscape. The large-scale prints produced in Chicago not only engage with the evolving history of photographic imaging but also place the city within a complex global network of waterways, transportation, industry and commerce.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Watch a full video conversation between artists Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen, and Tristan Duke, and CHF Emeritus Artistic Director Lawrence Weschler, which took place as part of the Chicago Humanities Festival in fall of 2014.

A companion exhibition, Liminal Portraits, will be on view from May 15 through 28 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60608.

Sonja Thomsen: Glowing Wavelengths In Between

May 14 – August 9

/ 2015

Sonja Thomsen’s photographs and installations create a tangible means to experience the ephemeral qualities of light. Glowing Wavelengths In Between, Thomsen’s latest series, is, in the artist’s words, “a rumination on the very physicality of seeing.” Her work springs from extensive experimentation with optical phenomena and research into philosophical debates regarding the mutability of scientific knowledge. Utilizing an array of materials that refract and reflect light, Thomsen’s artistic practice embraces improvisation and iteration as means to creative discovery. The resulting pieces—vibrant color photographs, immersive photographic murals, faceted metallic sculptures—shift between direct documentation and destabilizing abstraction, and thereby recalibrate our perceptions of the visible world. Viewing Thomsen’s work is far from a passive experience. Through undulations in scale and manipulations of light, her layered works provoke an acute awareness of light, space, and time.

This exhibition is made possible by the support of Hahnemühle.
The exhibition prints were made during a residency at LATITUDE.