Jun 10th 2011

Pia Howell: Cool Ranch

@ Golden Age

119 N Peoria St, 2D, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Friday, June 10th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, July 10th

Howell uses a camera-less process to create photographs by manipulating raw, color-filtered light in a darkroom with stencils and transparencies. The resulting images have an austere simplicity recalling the iconography of logos and symbols.

These photographic works stem from an interest in mass produced and object specific patterns. Formally beautiful, yet anonymous, these seemingly familiar images simultaneously identify as fresh and classic. Working in the tradition of abstract photography, Howell’s colorgrams are not representative of reality—there is no photographic negative and no person, event or place to be captured—instead they point to the vastness of time itself.

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