Exhibition title: Attracted to Light
Artists: Mike and Doug Starn 
Exhibition dates: September 26 - October 25, 2008
Exhibition space: Philip J. Steele Gallery

Fueled by their thoughtful investigations of art, philosophy, cognitive science and history, the Starns provoke an interrogation of Cartesian ontology with their unique melding of metaphor and material. From the transformation of a delicate drying leaf into a digital sculpture, or a moth etched onto film by light, its own undoing, the Starns’ images thrum with the poetic tension between presence and absence, darkness and enlightenment. 

Mike and Doug Starn, American artists, born New Jersey 1961. Working collaboratively with photography since age thirteen. They defy categorization by effectively combining traditionally separate disciplines such as sculpture, painting, video, and installation. Their conceptual approach to photography has earned them a unique position in the history of contemporary art. The 1987 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial brought them international prominence. They since have had numerous survey solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide.

Work shown courtesy of the artists.

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