Julie Weber
Light Chronology, 2016

9 panels of unfixed gelatin silver roll-paper (photograms), scored; lightproof plastic
each 7 feet long by 3-4 feet wide

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Light Chronology is a nine-panel, site-specific, photosensitive installation that documents the ephemeral intersection of light and time upon surface. The installation was realized in March 2016 at For The Thundercloud Generation, an empty storefront window gallery in Edgewater, Chicago. Essentially beginning as photograms, the works were made by controlling and varying the duration that the photographic papers were exposed to light. Rather than chemically processing the paper to stabilize or fix the photographic image, the panels were left untreated and wrapped in lightproof plastic to pause their response to light. For the first nine days of the exhibition a panel a day was unveiled at sunset, relinquishing exposure from the controlled artificial light of a studio to the ungovernable natural light of the sun.

Considering the durational event of exposure to light as the image-object itself, the work regards light as equally necessary to its making and unmaking – its writing and erasing. While imageless in a representational sense, the panels continuously image themselves through their natural color transition in response to the lighting environment. Within minutes of being unveiled, the compositions began to fade until they fully disappeared – scored markings that outline Weber’s initial controlled exposures remain the only surface trace of what once occurred. In this, Light Chronology is as much about the material limitations of containing light, as it is about the anticipation of loss and the inevitability of change.

“Space, time, material – are they one with light?” – László Moholy-Nagy

Light Chronology, 2016
9 panels of unfixed gelatin silver roll-paper (photograms), scored; lightproof plastic
each 7 feet long by 3-4 feet wide
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 1: panel 1 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 1: panel 1 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 2: panel 2 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 2: panel 2 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 3: panel 3 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 3: panel 3 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 4: panel 4 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 4: panel 4 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 5: panel 5 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 5: panel 5 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 6: panel 6 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 6: panel 6 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 7: panel 7 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 7: panel 7 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 8: panel 8 unveiling
Light Chronology, 2016
Day 8: panel 8 unveiling
Julie Weber Light Chronology Day 9: panel 9 unveiling
Light Chronology (unveiling/day 9), 2016
Day 9: panel 9 unveiling
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