Matteawan Gallery Presents Susan Walsh Exhibit

Opening reception Sept. 13

41ºN30"22' -73ºW57"54 by Susan Walsh
41ºN30″22’ -73ºW57″54 by Susan Walsh

Matteawan Gallery presents Susan Walsh: Only the Sun Can Prove That I Am Useful. The exhibition takes its title from words inscribed on a 16th-century sundial, and includes recent photographs and videos whose imagery is created with thread and shadows cast by the sun. The exhibit runs Sept. 13 through Oct. 5. The opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

Walsh’s Marking Time series evolved from an unexpected occurrence in her studio. One January day at 3 p.m., she noticed the precise and evocative intersection of an object (thread), the sun, and a sheet of white paper. This particular angle of the sun in her studio occurs only from the winter solstice to the spring equinox. Walsh captured this moment in time in photographs by documenting the thread and its shadow.

She compares the photographs to drawings: “The sun draws delicate shadow lines in collaboration with my random placement of thread. Each piece depicts one moment in time, when the sinking winter sun creates long shadows; both thread and sun are the charcoal, ink, pencil.”

Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Contact Karlyn Benson at info@matteawan.com or 845-440-7901. The gallery is located at 464 Main St., Beacon. Visit matteawan.com.

Image courtesy of Matteawan Gallery

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