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Barney’s Canyon Gold Mine, Near Bingham Canyon, UT Archival Pigment Print 40 X 50 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
April 24th, 2010 - May 29th, 2010
Opening: April 24th, 2010 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30
aerial, photography


Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to present InterMountain, an exhibition of recent work from Michael Light’s ongoing aerial photographic investigation of the inhabited arid American West.  In his previous exhibition here, Light presented images of the vast grid of Los Angeles at night.  His new work moves east from California towards Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.  Light continues his clear-eyed examination of the way we inhabit and alter our surroundings through a 4x5” aerial view camera from his self-piloted light aircraft or rented helicopters.  His perspective addresses what critic Stephen Vincent calls “the mythology and consequences of American westward expansion.”    In fact, the mammoth hand-made photo books that Light creates (measuring 36x44” when opened) are a response to the efforts of 19th century photographers such as Timothy O’Sullivan, who created volumes of photographs for government sponsored geological surveys that were intended to identify resources and attract settlement.  The photographs in this exhibit range from images of the world’s largest excavation at the Bingham Copper Mine near Salt Lake City, to the wholesale transformation of Wyoming’s Green and Powder River Basins by relentless natural gas and coal extraction, to the architectures of economic stratification in Phoenix.  The exhibit will also include two of Light’s most recent photobooks, one in color focusing on the Snake River and Twin Falls, Idaho and the other a black and white journey above snow blanketed environs of Denver.   A component of the exhibition will be on view concurrently at The Gallery at The Archer School for Girls (11725 Sunset Blvd. L.A.).  A reception for Michael Light will take place at Craig Krull Gallery on Saturday April 24th from 3-5pm.  The reception at the Archer School for Girls will be held the same afternoon from 4-5:30 with an artist talk to follow at 5:30. (Reservations for the talk can be made by calling 310/873-7043.)