OPUS Projects is pleased to present Laurel Lueders first solo exhibition at OPUS Project Space, On White. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 25, 6-8pm.
For her first solo exhibition with Opus Projects, Laurel Lueders presents On White, a series of new photographs that use the camera as it’s own means of abstraction. Lueders relies on the mechanism of the camera, exaggerating and manipulating its settings, to convey a sense of place without inherent structure or fixed narrative. The abstract images reference architectural environments, unrecognizable to specific location or time, but undeniably suggestive of human presence. The hazy wash of the images create the feeling of déjà vu, the experience of waking from a dream, or the attempt to recall a memory not fully formed. Playing with photography’s relationship to documentation, Lueders suggests that all images are palimpsests, and that apparent beneath the surface is a larger history waiting to be unearthed.
Subverting the photographer’s role in accurate representation, Lueders purposefully plays with camera shake, extended shutter speed, and time-lapse – employing the camera as a mark-making tool. On White is a painterly series of works, showcasing the camera’s ability to create lines with light. Mounted but unframed, Lueders’s photographs operate as canvases, the mark of her hand both paramount and pervasive. Elevating the weight of the intimate gesture, she suggests that our spatial memory can be triggered simply through a line, grid, or abstract pattern. Existing as individual works, as well as components of a larger framework and narrative, On White evokes a seductive and ghostly sense of place.
LAUREL LUEDERS ON WHITE
Apri 25 - May 10, 2013