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Review: Elijah Gowin at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 12, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

DATE: September 12, 2011


Into the Sun

Through October 22, 2011

Elijah Gowin, Into the Sun 12, Courtesy
of RobertMann Gallery
Elijah Gowin, Into the Sun 7, Courtesy
of Robert Mann Gallery
Elijah Gowin, Into the Sun 27, Courtesy
of Robert Mann Gallery
The work of Elijah Gowin has taken interest in belief, ritual, and memory. The construction of the photgraphic image, the quality of material has also been important to his work. Into the Sun has reduced the artists' interest to its most refined element- light and the sun itself.

Pointing skyward Gowin's images capture effects of lens flairs and distortions that alter the regular appearance of the ball of light in the sky. At times surroundings enter and remind us of the life-power the sun has supported, sustained, given root to. In life, we could never be afforded the glimpses Gowin gives us, as to look into the sun risks blinding the gazer. Here we are allowed to look, to linger, to stare into the very belly of life and we feel an overwhelming calm. The moment and sensation linger, we transcend space and time and are able to contemplate the source of creation as we look deep into its very soul.

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