Eastern's Akus Gallery is presenting the one-person exhibition, "Let There Be Light: The Black Swans of Ellen Carey," through Feb. 20. An opening reception takes place on Jan. 23.
In his book, "The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography," critic and curator Lyle Rexer says, "Ellen Carey is among this country's most committed experimental photographers." Black Swan references Carey's discovery of the "Pull" in 1996, a technique that creates a conical loop known as a parabola and a new form introduced to photography as a different kind of document, pre-dating Carey's large format Polaroid 20 x 24 camera work begun in 1983 with her "Self-Portrait" series. Carey owns one of five Polaroid 20 x 24 cameras in existence.
Carey presents her newest series as "Dings & Shadows," innovative forms carrying emotive feeling that combine her longstanding interest in the history of the shadow in art and photography with her photographic color theory referential palette and color printing expertise. In addition, the exhibition at Eastern features other unique artworks in Polaroid and Photogram from 1999 to 2013, in color and black and white.
One of Carey's "Dings & Shadows" color photograms was first seen in the current group exhibition "A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum" in Washington, DC, which received a stellar review in the Washington Post. Merry Foresta, the exhibition curator and founding director of SAAM's photography department, selected Carey's work from more than 7,000 pieces in the SAAM collection.
Carey's work has been the subject of 50 one-person exhibitions and has been included in hundreds of group exhibitions. She has been rewarded with many different grants and awards and also has two documentary videos ("Pulls" and "Mourning Wall").
The Akus Gallery is located in Shafer Hall at Eastern. Gallery hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 1-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2-5 p.m.; and closed on Monday. All Akus Gallery events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gallery Director Roxanne Deojay at (860) 465-4647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.easternct.edu/akusgallery.