an artist talk and photography demonstration with MJ Sharp
Tuesday, January 17th, 5 – 7 p.m.
presentation begins at 6:00
Please join us for LIGHT CACHE LIVE, a special event featuring MJ Sharp in a gallery talk and photography demonstration in conjunction with her exhibition, Light Cache. The artist will create one of her signature long-exposure film images during the talk, and will involve interested audience members in the composition (look for the resulting image on our website and at the gallery!). Sharp will illuminate the process of using large-format, mid-century bellows cameras, and give insight into what it is like to capture a four hour exposure in the middle of a winter’s night on the moors of Scotland–or in a Durham backyard. The “Light Cache” exhibition continues at the gallery through January 28th.
ABOUT MJ SHARP
MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. A Tennessee native, she came as an undergraduate to Duke University ready to major in chemistry, but one art history survey course with Professor Rona Goffen completely derailed that original ambition, and ever since that time her favorite compositions remain those from fifteenth century Flemish altarpieces. She was the staff photographer at the Independent for most of the 1990’s while also freelancing regionally for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, PBS’s Frontline, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Ford Foundation, among others. She went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007 and has often been a visiting lecturer at area universities since that time. She loves North Carolina in general and the Triangle region in particular, and while she often strays far afield for her work (the Texas Panhandle; the Scottish Highlands), she always loves coming home to Durham.
ABOUT FRANK KONHAUS
MJ SHARP has uploaded her long exposure photograph that she took during her January 17th
talk and demonstration. This photo is very interesting as are MJ’s notes on the piece.
It’s like a mystery revealed!
in the news: Light Cache by MJ Sharp
In The Independent Weekly, Chris Vitiello reviews LIGHT CACHE by MJ SHARP
Blue Greenberg writes about LIGHT CACHE in the Durham Herald Sun.
DURHAM – Taking pictures at night slows things down. Photographer MJ Sharp shoots not just at a decelerated time of day, but with longer exposure times, too. Her results are on exhibit in the Craven Allen Gallery on Broad Street through Jan. 28.
Read more: The Herald-Sun – Night light
Blogging about MJ Sharp and her exhibit, LIGHT CACHE
Stacy Lynn Waddell, who was a compatriot of MJ’s in the MFA program, blogs for Daylight Magazine. This is a preview to a longer interview! Stay tuned.
John Wall teaches literature at NCSU and is based in Raleigh but photography is also an enormous passion of his. He blogs for Southern Photography.
MJ SHARP: LIGHT CACHE
photos from the opening reception