Light Motifs: Photographs by Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers
In our season opener, Light Motifs, Etherton Gallery presents work by photographers Ralph Gibson and Andy Summers, two artists who gamely walk the thin line where abstraction leans into reality.
Gibson — known for his graphic, elegant surreal eye — will show work from his new series, Political Abstraction, which craftily subjects mysterious color images into conversational diptychs, a body of work he calls the most “abstract, demanding and dangerous” project he has worked on. Also on display we present his large-scale nudes that take you on a luxurious trip along the lines of the female form.
Summers, well-known as the guitarist for The Police and his own extraordinary solo musical career, has been taking photographs since the 1970s and cites Gibson as an early influence on his work. His photographs intriguingly delve into the surreal with a crisp eye that seduces the viewer to construct the open-ended story.
Etherton Gallery will have a limited number of the artists’ books for sale, including Ralph Gibson’s Nude (Taschen, 2009) and Andy Summer’s I’ll Be Watching You: Inside The Police (Taschen, 2007) and Desirer Walks the Streets (Nazraeli, 2009). Both photographers will be available to sign books at an opening reception on Saturday, September 19 from 7 to 10 PM.
Ralph Gibson will talk about his work on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, at 5:30pm.