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Art Thu May 14 2015

Sonja Thomsen "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" @ DePaul Art Museum

Milwaukee-based artist, Sonja Thomsen, will be featuring her photographs, sculptures, and installations that focus on the quality of light at the DePaul Art Museum opening today. By utilizing the weightlessness in contrast with dimensionality, Thomsen visually examines the tension between color and light.

Thomsen stated in an interview with Columbia College Chicago Photography Department's Jennifer Keats, that she was a "...student of science. That language is something I'm drawn to in a poetic way, where knowledge is always in a state of becoming. I'm interested in the synergy that happens in the studio as catalyst for new understandings, never quite satisfied with conclusions that may eventually be disproved." She continues by explaining her influences, "How do we locate ourselves in the world? A multiplicity of ways, an always a shifting matrix, never a fixed point. I see each of my photographs and installations as a way to measure that locale, a way to assess the space between the mountain, the self and the light. My goal as an artist is to construct an authentic experience in which to recalibrate our perceptions..."


Thomsen's pieces were made during her residency at Latitude Chicago, where she had support from Hahnemühle FineArt.

Additionally, MT Coast, an experimental sound artist, will perform a new composition made in response to "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" on June 4 at 7pm.

On June 24 at 6:30pm, Sonja Thomsen and Nicholas Frank will discuss process and inspiration surrounding the exhibition.

On July 18 at 10am, a family-friendly tour co-sponsored by Cultural ReProducers, will be given by Thomsen herself.

Sonja Thomsen is a member of the international photography collective Piece of Cake - POC and co-director of The Pitch Project. She is currently teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" will be on view until August 9.

Concurrently, "Liminal Infrastructure" will also open today at the DePaul Art Museum. Lauren Bon, Richard Nielsen, and Tristan Duke of the Optics Division of the Metabolic Studio will be presenting photographs that were created by using one of the world largest pinhole cameras. The exhibition includes images of the Chicago landscape that measure up to eight feet in length.

The DePaul Art Museum is located at 935 W. Fullerton and is open Wednesday-Sunday. Admission is free. "Glowing Wavelengths In Between" will be on view until August 9.

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