Industrial Beauty—Luminous Desert
Jürgen Robert and Lisa Ryan
August 18 – November 3, 2024
Reception: September 15, 2024, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lisa and Jürgen demonstrate that industrial views, which are typically ugly, polluting, noisy and dehumanizing, can appear more like a tourist attraction at night. Night photography is transformational and nowhere is that seen more prominently than in Industrial Beauty. Colorful lights sculpt shapes and shadows, creating shimmering reflections or glowing clouds.
In the Luminous Desert series, layers of light sculpt and paint the city scenes and natural landscapes. These images are about creating an experience rather than documenting a place. The works are also opposites: human-made city scapes versus nature, color vs. black and white, warm vs. cold.
While there are other contrasting aspects to these two bodies of work, the artists chose to focus on the difference in the quality of light. The brilliant flash and sparkle of industrial settings contrasted with the quieter, softer glow of desert landscapes.
(Top) Jürgen Robert, Rainbow at Night, photograph
(Bottom) Lisa Ryan, Glowing Tree, photograph