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Light Work exhibition features Yolanda del Amo

October 06, 2010

Jessica Heckman
(315) 443-1300

Powerful forces deep below the surface of the Earth form archipelagos, which are chains or clusters of individual islands. In her series “Archipelago,” artist Yolanda del Amo depicts the powerful forces between people—their conflicting needs for intimacy and connection, independence and individuality. In “Archipelago,” these competing needs seem to have reached a peaceful, if temporary, stasis. These beautiful images show people who, although in the presence of another, appear surrounded on all sides, not by water, but by silence.

Del Amo leaves the relationships of her subjects to each other deliberately vague, which makes her images all the more universal and compelling. Each photograph represents a fragile time in any relationship when two people—whether they are mother and son, husband and wife, or simply friends—momentarily live alone, together.

“Archipelago” will be accompanied by a 48-page exhibition catalogue, “Contact Sheet 159,” featuring 38 color reproductions of del Amo’s work. “Contact Sheet 159” will be published in November. Del Amo’s image “Edith, Juan” will be featured in Light Work’s 2010 Fine Print Program, also available in November.

Del Amo was born in Madrid. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the Universität zu Köln in Cologne, Germany, and an M.F.A. in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous venues, including the National Portrait Gallery, both in London and in Washington, D.C.; the Instituto Cervantes in New York City; Hudson Franklin Gallery in New York City, Barbara Walters Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.; the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea in Barcelona, Spain; and the Palais de Glace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Del Amo was a resident fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2010, and previous residences include Light Work; the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny in France; and the Lower Manhattan Culture Council in New York City. She is currently an assistant professor of photography at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Also on view at this time is the Light Work Grants in Photography exhibition, featuring photographs by 2010 grant recipients Yasser Aggour, Ron Jude and Lida Suchy. Gallery hours for these exhibitions are Sunday-Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call (315) 443-1300. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Marion parking lot and Booth Garage.

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