Light Work is pleased to present the work of photo-collage and video artist Suné Woods, To Sleep With Terra. This will be Woods’ first solo exhibition with Light Work since her residency here in 2016. The exhibition will be on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work from August 28―October 19, 2017, with an opening reception with the artist on Wednesday, September 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
As part of the opening reception, we invite gallery patrons to a special presentation at 6:00 p.m. infused with wordplay, found imagery, sound and moving images in multi media form by Woods, award-winning poet Fred Moten, and Syracuse University Professor and musicologist James Gordon Williams. Titled You are mine. I see now, I’m a have to let you go, this collaboration was generously supported by Syracuse University’s Humanities Center and is part of the 2017-18 Syracuse Symposium: Belonging.
Los Angeles-based artist Suné Woods creates multi-channel video installations, photographs, sculpture, and collage. In the exhibition, To Sleep with Terra, Suné Woods uses a variety of source material from books, magazines and news media to create three-dimensional collages and video. Together, this body of work challenges our notions of photography and explores the terror of a technological society spinning out of control.
Woods created this work in 2015 during a period of extreme racial violence, police brutality, and mass shootings. Woods says 2015 was no more violent than previous years, but what shifted was growing documentation by citizen journalists that undermined the public’s denial and disbelief. For the artist, the process of tearing, crumpling, layering, and recombining photographic imagery was “the best way for me to articulate the complicated sensations that were arising while processing these streamed documentations of violence, ecological disaster, and a desire to understand more deeply how seemingly disparate things relate when they are mashed up in a visual conversation.”
This mash-up of imagery is reminiscent of how we consume information every day―sometimes minute by minute―as we scroll through a frenetic onslaught of global disasters, degradation, and violence.
Suné Woods has participated in residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods has received grant support from Visions from the New California, as well as The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. She has exhibited her work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Lowe Art Museum, Miami, and The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010 and is currently Visiting Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Art.