Learn more about the Oklahoma Contemporary's Shadow on the Glare exhibition — and see it before it's gone
In the N. Scott Momaday poem "Plainview: I," the Oklahoma literary giant writes: "There falls a final shadow on the glare / A stillness on the dark, erratic air." Oklahoma Contemporary's inaugural exhibition of photo and video works by Oklahoma artists takes more than its title from this line of verse, exploring the way these artists navigate light and space in relation to the landscape of our home state.
"[Shadow on the Glare] serves to show the way these artists use their medium of photography to push their artistic interpretation beyond just mere representation," said exhibition curator Pablo Barrera in a Thursday Night Late gallery talk. "Instead, they take the medium of photography under multiple different themes and variations in order to showcase their vision of the place they call home."
The result is an arresting group show of deeply diverse artists whose unique perspectives illuminate something new about the light and landscape of the 46th state. From the dramatic cityscapes of Gary Mason (nosamyrag) to Kelli Mashburn's meditative prairie fires, the otherworldly creations of Sam Charbonneau and more, Shadow on the Glare responds to the themes of light and space explored in our inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze, putting emerging Oklahoma artists into conversation with their globally recognized peers.
"Light is one of the most fundamental elements necessary for photography. One cannot create or re-create the images and the subjects they hope to represent without light," Barrera said. "That beholdenness to light is part of the reason why photography was chosen as a particular medium for this exhibition regarding the themes of Bright Golden Haze on the second floor."
For creators like Josh Tonsfeldt, the only artist with works on display in both Bright Golden Haze and Shadow on the Glare, the medium of photography offers an opportunity to explore new perspectives on the familiar. "It's all about observation and going out into the world and finding new ways of looking at things that might otherwise seem very familiar to you, or things that might seem very banal or uninteresting," he said. "I think that, in a way, led me to look at objects or materials you might not otherwise consider or find so interesting to look at, and reconsider them."
Shadow on the Glare ends its run on Nov. 30, giving visitors just a few more weeks to experience this unforgettable show for themselves. Reserve your free, limited access timed tickets now and learn more about a few of the exhibiting artists and their work in Barrera's virtual gallery talk below.
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