Sharon Harper: From above and below at dnj Gallery

(c) Sharon Harper, Courtesy of dnj Gallery

(c) Sharon Harper, Courtesy of dnj Gallery

dnj Gallery presents Sharon Harper’s exhibition “From Above and Below” in Gallery II.

In “From Above and Below,” Harper looks to the skies with work from several different projects. “One Month, Weather Permitting” consists of long-exposure images of star trails in the night sky over Banff, Alberta, Canada. Using the camera, Harper is able to capture the otherwise imperceptible paths of stars. Similarly, in “Sun/Moon (Trying to See Through a Telescope),” Harper explores the limits of sight using a digital camera attached to a telescope. Neither the naked eye, nor the telescope with all of its distortions and reflections, can accurately see the moon and sun. As Harper explains, because our visual perception is not perfect, “[w]hat we are left with is the act of trying to see and understand.” A video installation of aerial views, entitled Landshift, will accompany Harper’s photographs.

Harper is an Associate Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Her photography has been exhibited widely, including in a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York and group exhibitions at the Noorderlicht Photography Festival at the Belvedere Museum in the Netherlands, the DeCordova Museum in Massachusetts and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Missouri. Harper’s work is in the collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Texas. It is also the subject of a 2012 book, From Above and Below published by Radius Books.

Venue: dnj Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite J1, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Open: 2nd March - 13th April 2013
Open Reception: Saturday 2nd March 6-8pm

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