Boston Globe Review of Aura/Ground

Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe write a great review of the shows at the Danforth Art Museum, including my show, Aura/Ground.

Check out the full article online, which includes a review of Brian Kaplan’s Not Your Vacation and Rinko Kawauchi’s show at Lesley University.

Images that are off season, in the universe, or somewhere between

Sarah Pollman’s “Aura/Ground” is binary. The photographs, all of which are color, come in two groups: five of gravestones, eight of moody nocturnal scenes. There’s nothing morbid about the former. The gravestones are as much sculptural as funerary, and handsomely so. These photographs are themselves binary, evoking past/present, death/life, hard/soft. Pollman juxtaposes the stones, which she shoots head on, with the softness of surrounding elements: leaf, grass, snow. The night scenes are binary too: partly in focus and partly out. This adds to their sense of mystery. In “Staircase,” a man stands on a set of impressive-looking steps. Is he coming or going? Is the building a museum? City Hall? Library? In “Tree,” branches dominate the foreground. A small human figure stands in the distance, brightly illuminated but out of focus. The artificial light jumps out from the black background. It’s a reminder of the binary relationship that underlies all photographs, between light and darkness, here exaggerated to startling effect.

-Mark Feeney for the Boston Globe

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