MICHAEL LIGHT: Los Angeles 07.27.05
Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of black and white nighttime aerial photographs of Los Angeles made by Michael Light. Photographed from a helicopter on one summer evening two years ago, these images are, according to Light, "about darkness, terror and the sublime beauty of our own handiwork mirroring the celestial vault above," but he concludes that they are primarily about the vastness of the Southern California grid. Light acknowledges his debt to Shulman's mid-century images of that grid, but Lighf s work comes out of an awareness that L.A. is essentially a dry, arid place. This body of work is part of an ongoing series of aerial images of the American West that address issues of scale, vertigo, and land /water use with overtones of 19th century geographical photo expeditions. Like the other projects in this series, Light exhibits the images individually, as 40x50" pigments prints on the wall, but also in the form of large-scale artist books displayed on easels.