Florence Lynch Gallery is pleased to present "We Burn Daylight," a group exhibition of photography and video from graduating MFA students at the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibition opens on Thursday, September 3rd and close September 29th, 2009. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Thursday, September 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm.
Shirin Adhami works with appropriated media and the recontexualization of site. Her series, Objects May Be Closer than they Appear, is an ongoing piece with found photographs collected from ebay, and documentation of a public internet performance on the site. Her work is a playful commentary on surveillance and the ubiquity of photography.
With his vivid photographs of degraded landscapes, Michael Cevoli explores the destruction of environment from heavy industry and neglect. While he focuses on specific sites in Massachusetts, the images have a universal and timely resonance.
Ania Gozdz takes landscape in a different direction, abstracting and obscuring it to conjure a world of thresholds. Gozdz's images, sumptuous and visceral, examine the aesthetics of loss, memory, and the sublime.
Gigi Gatewood photographs objects that bridge the gap between the universe and us. The subjects are derived from various strategies of understanding, from science to religion, and question how the unknown materializes as tools and processes of communication and evaluation.
Laura Skinner uses light, gesture, and domestic space to symbolize an emotionally charged psychological state. Her images can be read as fragments of a larger story, or as representations of another state of consciousness.
In her panoramic assemblages, Marta Labad creates a sequence of domestic spaces that are simultaneously connected and disrupted. Her images allow the viewer to enter and exit, creating a transitory dwelling where the real and the constructed are indistinguishable.
Sunita Prasad's videos address gender identity, desire, and exchange rates of the body with humor and exaggeration rooted in the drag tradition. Her performances set in motion a cycle of production and reproduction of hyper-gendered identity, sliding back and forth from one end of the spectrum to another.
"We Burn Daylight" represents the culmination of each student’s degree project at RISD. The grouping of works provides a reflective and intrepid handling of contemporary concerns, both social and psychological. To read more about each artist please visit www.risdphotomfa09.com.