Michael Light:Some Dry Space
Makes the City's To-Do List
"Man-made, monstrous beauty"
Through January 18, 2014
To see Michael Light's aerial pictures of western landscapes, oil derricks, exurbia in mid-sprawl, and drying-up rivers is to simultaneously love these pictures and the Earth, and feel sick to your stomach about what we're doing to our water and air and soil. In Light's pictures, nothing is safe in our path—yet we turn destruction into beauty.
Michael Light has made explorers of his viewers. Prior to taking up aerial photography, Light executed a book projectFull Moon, which was the first look at NASA photography as fine art. Perhaps it was this experience that caused him to turn his camera back on our own world from unusual vantage.
Light is not only considered a master of aerial photography, but the foremost in the genre for his generation. Through his work we experience conflicting emotions: we are in awe at our natural world, its beauty, and grace, and simultaneously devastated by our treatment of it. For the past 15 years Light has worked from his own small aircraft over the Western US, and the 18 separate projects he has completed are dedicated to documenting the impact of man and industry on the land. Sites of interest include Utah's gold and copper mines and the overdevelopment of Sun City, AZ and Lake Las Vegas, NV. Light has also contrasted Arizona's Meteor Crater - the largest meteoric impact site in the Americas - with James Turrell's Roden Crater. Other projects cover sacred Hopi dwellings; the Great Basin and Mojave deserts; and Los Angeles by day and night.
New York Magazine
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