Christine Carr
Threshold and Portal
September 5, 2008 - January 5, 2009


An exhibition of color and black and white photographs

Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA is pleased to present the solo exhibition: “Christine Carr: Threshold and Portal.” The exhibition of photographs will take place from September 5, 2008 through January 5, 2009 at the Williams School Gallery.


These images are an excerpt from an ongoing body of work that began on a driving trip in 2003. With this work I am contemplating some possibilities in industrial and urban environments, in particular, non-descript areas upon which the effects of composition, light and color become transformative. In addition, I am interested in how spatial organization alters interpretation, for instance, the effect of a distant horizon or ambiguous scale versus that of a looming structure. Key to the work is the idea of escapism-through process and imagination. While these images are documents of structures, my intention is for the work to move toward the imaginary or emotionally evocative.


In this series, I am investigating the idea of the portal-areas of light that are intentionally ambiguous. They may be places in which to reflect or perhaps pathways to unknown and unseen possibilities. I am also interested in the idea of illusion itself-the implied dimensionality of the created area of light: that it could be possible to physically, mentally or emotionally travel in or through this space.

Carr received her M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Elkins Park, PA and her B.F.A. from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. She was a 2006 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship and was included in the 2005 edition of Exploring Color Photography: From the Darkroom to the Digital Studio by Robert Hirsch. She has exhibited regionally, including Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania and occasionally nationally and internationally. Carr is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.


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