Michael Light, ‘Alameda Looking South Amidst the Produce Markets, I-10 Beyond, Los Angeles, CA’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

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Michael Light (Affiliate ’90–‘92) is a San Francisco-based photographer focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. He has exhibited globally, and his work has been collected by SFMOMA; Legion of Honor, San Francisco; San Jose Museum of Art; Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; New York Public Library; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among many others. For the last fifteen years, Light has aerially photographed settled and unsettled areas of American space, pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, and various aspects of geologic time and the sublime. A private pilot and Guggenheim Fellow in photography, he is currently working on an extended aerial survey of the arid Western states.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of Sterling Art Services

About Michael Light

In his photography, Michael Light expresses a deeply human interest and awe at the technological developments of the Cold War era. Light was hired by NASA in the late 1960s to develop photography techniques for the Apollo missions, yielding images of both great scientific value and reverential allusion to the history of landscape imagery. Works such as Command module Charlie Brown (1969/1999) and Aldrin’s boot print, Apollo 11 (1969/1999) marvel at the technological accomplishments of the 20th century, while illustrating the smallness of mankind in the context of outer space. As Light explains, “Photographs give me an analog to my physical movement through space, sometimes more interesting than the actual experience.” He raises these images beyond simple analytic study to sophisticated aesthetic objects.

American, b. 1963, Florida, based in San Francisco, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Sidereal Rift, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2013
Michael Light: Some Dry Space, Danziger Gallery, New York
2012
Two Sublimes, Idaho, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2011
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, United States
2010
Architecture of Subtraction, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA, United States

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Sidereal Rift, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2013
Michael Light: Some Dry Space, Danziger Gallery, New York
2012
Two Sublimes, Idaho, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2011
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR, United States
2010
InterMountain, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2010
Architecture of Subtraction, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, CA, United States
2009
100 Suns, Yours Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
2008
Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, United States
2008
Bookworks and Photographs, Galerie Michael Wiesehoefer, Cologne, Germany
2008
100 Suns, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN, United States
2008
100 Suns, University of Vermont, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT, United States
2007
Los Angeles 07.27.05, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, United States
2007
Edge of the West, Galerie Luc Bellier, Paris, France
2006
Full Moon, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg, Sweden
2005
Arid Flows: Los Angeles and Its Deserts, Natural History Museum of LA County, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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