GWENN THOMAS | Standard Candles
November 4 – December 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4, 6-9pm
In the Main Gallery, Gwenn Thomas will present Standard Candles, an exhibition of photographic works exploring the complex spatial relationships of two and three-dimensional planes. Partly inspired by documentary photos of the Vienna house that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein designed for his sister in 1926, Thomas’ newest works are laminated photographs of the same window shot at various times of day. Each work is contained in an irregularly shaped structure, creating the illusory effect of actual windows suspended throughout the gallery. The interplay of the photograph’s architectural subject matter with its built-in, 3-dimensional frame challenges not only our shifting perception of the photographic image, but also our lived experience of interior/exterior spaces.
Gwenn Thomas studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, and is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include Gwenn Thomas: Moments of Place at Point of Contact Gallery, Syracuse University, NY; Art Projects International, NY; Exile Gallery, Berlin; and Yvon Lambert, NY. Thomas’ work is held in several prominent museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; São Schlumberger, Paris, France; C.A.M. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, and Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2013, a survey of Thomas' work was published by Charta (Milan, Italy). Coinciding with her show at 57W57Arts, Thomas will be exhibiting Awnings, Windows, Rooms at Regina Rex through Dec. 4th.