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Sara VanDerBeek, Ancient Solstice, 2014, digital C-print, 24 × 17 3/4".

Sara VanDerBeek

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Sara VanDerBeek, Ancient Solstice, 2014, digital C-print, 24 × 17 3/4".

The apparent movement of the sun across the firmament is nearly impossible to measure with the naked eye, but human cultures have nonetheless used the changing quality of light to quantify time for millennia. The resulting concepts of “day” and “night” are entirely geocentric constructions, yet they persist. The conceit of a day/night separation structured “Ancient Objects, Still Lives,” Sara VanDerBeek’s two-room show of new photographs and sculptures, but, like the lived experience of a sky’s darkening, the diachronic movement was perceived almost exclusively in hindsight. Shot on film and then scanned, her digital C-prints connoted the passage of time, gradually shifting from light lavender in the front room (day) to dark Tyrian purple in the back gallery (night). (VanDerBeek manipulates the printing process by removing the yellow from CMYK to achieve these tones.) However,

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