Let There Be Light

Light: It’s the most elemental characteristic of the art of photography. Without it, the magic of photographic imagery could never happen. Curator Conor King took the formative aspect of light in photography and ran with it, building a new group show, titled Phos: Light Today, that opens today at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, in conjunction with the citywide Month of Photography 2013.

Since light is essential in some way to all photography, King found it a challenge to narrow it down to work made with a sharper focus on light’s relationship to art: “I chose a variety of artists who were all working with light in some way or another,” he says. “It’s not necessarily exactly what their work is about, but I used light as a connecting thread.” The result is two very different exhibition rooms: one filled with more traditional photography and installations, and the other blacked out to showcase work that emits light in some fashion. “It will be an interesting show to see in person,” King says. Changing light, after all, is transitive, unpredictable and, visually, one of the wonders of the world.

Phos opens tonight at CPAC, 445 South Saulsbury Street, in the Belmar complex in Lakewood, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring exterior video projections by Jeromie Dorrance and Mario Zoots, who also have work on view inside. During its run, through April 20, CPAC will also host a related artist panel discussion, led by William Morrow of the Denver Art Museum, on March 19; admission to the evening event is $3 to $5. For more information, visit www.cpacphoto.org or call 303-837-1341. For more on Month of Photography, go to mop2013.blogspot.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-5:30 p.m. Starts: Feb. 28. Continues through April 20, 2013


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