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Interior Lights

Single channel video-Installation view

Dressing Table

Digital photograph from A House Full of Light

Landscape After Battle (Lifeline 17.01.08).jpg

Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative

Skylight (Light Catcher).jpg

Black and white archival pigment print from medium format negative, 24 x 29"

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About Lynn

Baltimore City

Lynn Silverman's picture
Lynn Silverman uses photography and video as a way of harnessing light to forge connections between places and people.  Observing the effect of light and time on everyday surfaces and objects is at the heart of her exploration of spaces and excavating memory.   Lynn has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States.  Her photographs were included in the seminal exhibition, Inside the Visible: an elliptical traverse of 20th century art,... more

Interior Lights

2019
Single Channel Video with Stereo Sound 4:33

Using animated black and white photographs with sound, Interior Lights depicts an imaginary house that is a composite of views drawn from different homes. The film features ordinary lamps that reveal close ups of furniture and objects such as family photographs, artwork, and other personal effects on display. The soundtrack, composed by Jason Sloan, is drawn from audio recordings of the sound generated by the electromagnetic field unique to each light source depicted in the video. Light and sound are the connecting threads as the camera makes its way from the basement to the attic, highlighting intimate details of domestic life along the way.

Stills from A House Full of Light

2019 - Present

A House Full of Light is a video work-in-progress and expands on themes explored in my animation Interior Lights. In addition to the situations depicted in Interior Lights, these digital images include views of animals, plants, and windows at night.

Lookout

1988-2017

The windows depicted in Lookout were photographed in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and the Czech Republic, countries where I have lived for an extended period of time. Numbering over one hundred images, this series is a collection of observations into how we live in proximity to other people and nature, and how we strike a balance between our desire for contact, concern for security, and the need for privacy. This particular selection from the larger series shows a group of photographs that depicts an interior light source in relation to the window.

  • Lookout No. 42

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 54

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 60

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 61

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 18 1/2 x 23"
  • Lookout No. 63

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 73

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 18 1/2 x 23"
  • Lookout No. 75

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 95

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 23 x 18 1/2"
  • Lookout No. 113

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative. 18 1/2 x 23"
  • Lookout No. 115

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 18 1/2 x 23"

Lifelines

1994-Present

The generation and conveyance of energy is a fundamental concern in my photographs depicting electric cords, a series that I have been pursuing for over two decades. At least one of the cables shown in the image carries the electricity to the light source that illuminates the scene. Like the activity of drawing which employs line and shading, the cable changes its identity from a crisp line to a faint trace as if it was a ray, wave, particle, halo or flare of light. The narrative aspect of the cord’s trajectory and the use of everyday materials impart a palpable quality to the light. My rendering of the cord is a way of giving life to light.

Exhale

This photograph depicts the flare from several lights illuminating the edge of a surface. The image toggles between a landscape without the trees or a still life without objects.

  • Exhale 12.04.11.jpg

    Black and white gelatin silver print from medium format negative, 18 1/2 x 23"

Between Two Fronts (Lamp and Comet)

1997-2018

This photograph features two adjacent images taken on the same strip of film. On the left side, the flare from a lamp reacts to the shutter's movement. The succeeding photograph on the right tracks a comet and stars moving through the night sky. In addition to combining radically different spaces, I want to make the light more physically present.

Between Two Fronts (Lamp and Moon)

1997-2018

This photograph features two adjacent images taken on the same strip of film. On the left side, the flare from a lamp spills over into the space between adjacent frames. The succeeding photograph on the right depicts a half moon in the night sky. In addition to combining radically different spaces, I want to make the light more physically present.

Skylight (Light Catcher)

1994-2018

The reflection of an interior lamp overlaps the light of the setting sun visible through a window. This is an example of how inside and outside spaces are brought together through the use of light and reflections.

Lightheaded

1997-2003

For this series, a single transparent light bulb is enlarged to approximately the size of a human head. The photographs record the bulb’s interaction with other actual or reflected lights. A variety of relationships are explored between these reflections and the varying intensity of illumination from the bulb’s filament. For me, the lights from the reflected lamps are evocative of memories, voices, or people that have left their mark, and how light can be a metaphor for both individual and collective presence.

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