Shadows underscore the beauty of nature and escape the captivity of their surfaces in the shadowgraphs created by German conceptual artist Tim Otto Roth. Usually referred to as photograms, these highly-differentiated shadow records on light-sensitive surfaces are created in a process similar to an X-ray. Roth dedicated fifteen years of research and development into this medium.
The plants and flowers whose shadows are captured on color slide film in the series flora domestica, making its US debut in this exhibition, appear to be backlit or illuminated from within, evoking the atmosphere of a window in a Gothic cathedral. The precise placement of a source of light in the darkroom creates a new way of seeing space and color, underscoring the secret beauty in the shadow world of flowers.
Exhibition on display November 9 – January 13. Gallery Hours Mon-Thu 10am - 6:30pm and Fri 10am - 4:30pm. Entrance is located on 20th Street midway between I and K Streets.
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