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Floating Light: Works by Katherine Dean and Joseph Moseley

August 5, 2017September 10, 2017


For over a year, local photographers Katherine Dean and Joseph Moseley have been experimenting with modern technology when applied to the 150-year-old collodion wet plate photographic process to create compelling images that explore both light and the narrative. While their collective work differs quite dramatically in themes and object presentation, these two artists have created work that communicates quite beautifully when experienced in the same environment.

Floating Light is an exhibition that explores the weight of light and darkness over a span of undocumented time. Moseley’s body of work explores how light, or lack thereof, can be rooted in time and passed over generations to come, never faltering or quite losing value. In comparison, Dean’s continued body of work explores the ethereal nature of light and how the remnants of its weight interact with memory, time, and space. By combining modern means with this historic photographic process, Floating Light then becomes an exploration of the weight time plays on both the presence and absence of light itself.

Katherine Dean holds a Master in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from Memphis College of Art and a Bachelor in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from the University of North Florida. Katherine’s work explores the conversations that occur between time, memory, and space by challenging the boundaries of the photographic medium when in contact with unusual materials and substrates. Her work then begins to question the permanence of the image and the memory it represents. Katherine is currently continuing her thesis body of work entitled Preservation/Corrosion that further explores this discourse with the historic Wet Plate Collodion process at its base.

Joseph Moseley holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Memphis College of Art. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His work examines folklore and traditional stories, their frailty and ephemeral nature, ever changing with each telling of the story, juxtaposed to their strength and resiliency in carrying the weight of time and culture. Joseph is currently continuing work with oral folk tales photographed as shadows then printed using a wet plate collodion process onto thick glass to create large scale ambrotypes.


August 5, 2017
September 10, 2017
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