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Syracuse University
316 Waverly Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-1300
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2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Sunday, November 28, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Sunday, November 28, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, November 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, November 29, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, December 2, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, December 2, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, December 6, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Monday, December 6, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


2021 Light Work Grants: Carla Liesching, Jessica Magallanes Martinez, Paul Pearce

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work is pleased to announce the 47th annual Light Work Grants in Photography. The 2021 recipients are Carla Liesching (Ithaca), Jessica Magallanes Martinez (Syracuse), and Paul Pearce (Mattydale). Nidaa Aboulhosn (Ithaca) and Zaire Knight (Syracuse) each received Honorable Mention recognitions.

The Light Work Grants in Photography provide support and encouragement to Central New York artists working in photography within a 50-mile radius of Syracuse, New York. Each recipient receives a $3,000 stipend and appears in Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.

This year's judges were Ryan Arthurs (visual artist, co-founder of Rivalry Projects, a contemporary art gallery in Buffalo), Ashlyn Davis (writer, editor, and the former executive director and curator of Houston Center for Photography, chief editor of spot magazine, and co-founder of Assembly), Courtney Reid-Eaton (creative director for the Documentary Diversity Project at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies).


James Henkel: Object Lessons

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM


Light Work Gallery
316 Waverly Ave., Syracuse University, Syracuse

Light Work presents "Object Lessons" by North Carolina-based artist James Henkel. In his new exhibition, Henkel looks back over 30 years of image-making, following a conceptual and formal thread that ties his work together and seems to stubbornly insist on resurfacing.

Whatever is discarded, broken, and damaged draws Henkel to it. The objects he collects, assembles, or deconstructs are humble, common, and often no more than the scale of the human hand. Both the patina of wear and the handling that was often the source of the object's destruction are clearly present. He presents pieces of ceramic pots, bowls, bricks, toys, combs, and well-worn books in their broken fragments. Completely useless now, they remain a testimony to someone's life. This is what Henkel elevates by photographing these found objects so directly. Tension abounds in his work between the humble and the monumental, between play and decay, between high and low. The artist cross-references grander ideas from art history, painting, and sculpture, while also pointing back to the simpler but profound experience of photographing an ordinary life.


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