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Posted November 16, 2015 in Press Releases

Sonja Thomsen: Your White Light

The Society for Photographic Education (SPE) opens a new series of exhibitions with “Your White Light” by photographer Sonja Thomsen. The exhibition opens Saturday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and runs through March 28, 2016. This exhibition features photographs, sculpture and a site-specific installation. Thomsen will present an artist talk preceding the reception December 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

“Your White Light” is an iteration of Thomsen’s on-going project “Glowing Wavelengths In-Between.” Thomsen builds an environment incorporating photography and sculpture that challenges us to re-consider how and what we see. Working in a myriad of ways, she constructs what she calls “a compass to re-calibrate our perceptions.” An undulating narrative evolves around the experience of seeing and the elusiveness of knowledge. The effect is to draw us closer to the truth, only to find that knowledge is in constant flux.

“[I am] guided by rigorous material experimentation. I embrace the ensuing synergy in the studio as catalyst for construction. Informed by my training in photography, light and space function as the foundation of my work, each piece aiming to assess the space between, where knowledge is always in a state of becoming,” Thomsen says of her work. “If I can make you, even for a split second, get lost and find yourself in a new space, then that’s really exciting.”

Sonja Thomsen is a Milwaukee-based artist. Starting her career as a student of science, Thomsen later earned an MFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (2004). She has exhibited with Higher Pictures, DePaul Art Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, New Mexico Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Galerie f5.6 in Munich, among others. Sonja Thomsen is a member of the international photography collective Piece of Cake – POC, the co-director of The Pitch Project, and is a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

“Your White Light” will be on view through March 28, 2016 and open for visitors Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and by appointment.

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