Humble Arts Foundation is pleased to announce Jessica Eaton, Matthew Gamber, and Bill Sullivan as the Fall/Winter 2010/11 recipients of the New Photography Grant for their collaborative book project, MATTER. Continue reading to learn more about the project, the forthcoming exhibition at Sasha Wolf Gallery on Thursday, April 7, and how to purchase a copy of MATTER.
In cataloging technology’s various effects on culture, Marshall McLuhan wrote, “We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.” If one is to adopt this observation as a motive, photography has the equal ability to both inform, and simultaneously confuse our perception of information and history.
Utilizing the book MATTER as a primary template, the subject of this book is a consideration of how photography can create a paradoxical vision of science, information, and history. Written by Ralph Eugene Lapp, a renowned Manhattan Project physicist, Matter was the inaugural title of the Life Science Library Series, first published in 1963. Reinterpreted in a new format, the thematic arc of the original book is echoed, but augmented to highlight photography’s ability to illustrate ideas, rather than explain them.