Get ready for an exhibition based on heavy contemplation as photographer Bryce Lankard displays three separate bodies of work in his latest exhibition at local Bull Street artists haven, Sulfur Studios. From practicing editorial and fine art photography to teaching photography at Duke Universities’ Center for Documentary Studies, Lankard has done it all behind the lens.
“I was really excited when Sulfur Studios offered me their main gallery space for this solo exhibition. It’s a very large space that offered me the opportunity to showcase a large selection from two related bodies of work,” he said. “The two photography projects are at their core a contemplation of the passage of time. ‘Blink of an Eye’ takes a macro view of this idea, while ‘Transience’ takes a micro approach. I also took this opportunity to create the short film for which the show is titled ‘A Stationary Point on a Spinning Planet’ to further unite this theme.”
“Blink of an Eye” takes a look into the extraordinary things and places that many of us overlook and in the repetition of our day to day lives.
“’Blink of an Eye’ investigates the moments and places that one takes for granted and assumes will always be around that can disappear in the blink of an eye,” Lankard said. “The events surrounding both 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina brought this project into a deeper personal focus for me due to my long-standing connection with both of these unique cities. This sense of apparent sudden loss can be applied to physical objects, such as buildings or cities, and even to concepts like summertime, mortality, and youth.”
“'Transience’ focuses on the randomness and impermanence of elements in motion, from objects moving through space to shifts of light as seen from a stationary point on a spinning planet,” he added.
“Drawing from the aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes the beauty of imperfection and the transience of time, these images reflect the rhythms of our world unfolding through sequencing, layering or mirroring. I hope these images encourage the viewer to slow down, observe, and take notice of those briefest moments of beauty that happen daily all around us but often slip by unnoticed.”
For the third and final piece of Lankard’s puzzle, he’ll be premiering a new film project that dives into the outer realms of our understanding.
“’A Stationary Point on a Spinning Planet’ captures the atomic flickers of human existence in the midst of the wonder of nature’s perfect imperfections. It encourages a temporal shift in the viewers' perception of the moments that pass us by, the innuendos of our brief encounter with this world.
While much of Lankard’s work falls into the documentary tradition, he hopes to express more personal ideas as well.
“I hope these concepts also have a universal message, that each viewer will find their own personal connection to the images. It would be great if the audience walks away with the motivation to take pause and appreciate each unique moment in our brief time here.”
Fitting with the underlying themes of Lankard’s work the show itself will have a very limited run, due to the holidays, encouraging local residents to seize the moment.
“The only dates it will be open to the public are for the exhibit preview on Jan. 2 and the Art March on Jan. 3, so if you wish to see this work, you can’t delay.”