This series features a number of extra-galactic photographs (taken between 2007-2010 using a digital sensor attached to a Meade solar telescope on Kitt Peak in Arizona), alongside "faked" astrophotographs (evidenced by such titles as "Lightbulb with Sunspots Made by Hand"), and a single diptych. After shooting the initial frames, Kaur exacts a battery of darkroom "experiments" on her work by applying color filters and chemical drawings to both the photo negatives and positives. By manipulating the printing process, Kaur effectively dislocates the signified from the signifier - distinguishes what is represented from what might represent it - as her images transform from distant celestial objects into light and ultimately back into physical form, albeit much smaller, within the gallery.
Rounding out the series, and further illustrating her penchant for aesthetic awe and print manipulation is Kaur's stunning diptych of the Aurora Borealis, fittingly titled (in the descriptive vernacular commonly associated with late 20th century photography), "On the Left, Aurora Borealis, White Horse, Yukon, March 31 2008, 235 AM. On the Right, the Way I Wanted It to Look."
About Kate Johnson
Kate Johnson was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. She received her BFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. In 2007 she received her MFA from CalArts. More recently, Johnson was an artist in residence at the Wassaic Project in Wassaic, New York during the summer of 2010. Kate Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles.
About Siri Kaur
Siri Kaur received her MFA from CalArts, and her BA and her MA from Smith College. Her photographs have been exhibited in numerous group shows, including 401 Projects in New York, the Torrance Museum of Art, the UCLA Wight Biennial, and the Portland Museum of Art 2011 Biennial. She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she currently teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.
More than or Equal to Half of the Whole will be on view January 15 - February 28, 2011, at GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY. The opening reception is Saturday, January 15, from 6 to 8 pm.