Exhibit features work by local photographer

Jessica Klarp
Special To The Black Mountain News

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit the work of photographer Lynette Miller with a show titled Lux and Lumen in the Upper Gallery Sept. 7-Oct. 5.

The public is welcome to celebrate the opening with an artist’s reception from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 7. More than twenty stunning images will grace the gallery space and stimulate discussion. The Upper Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Miller is a Black Mountain resident with a history of contributing her photographic knowledge and passions to the BMCA. For the past seven years she has organized, facilitated and shared her understanding of camera obscura history through the Worldwide Pinhole Day celebration.

Pieces like "Phase Space" by Black Mountain photographer Lynette Miller will be featured in the show Lux and Lumen, which will run from Sept. 7 - Oct. 5 in the Upper Gallery at Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

This fun and informative experience has introduced hundreds of people to the roots of photography by making an image on film using Miller’s whimsical homemade pinhole cameras.

Her knowledge of the medium’s past, and significantly, its present digital possibilities fuel her work as well as her point of view.

Lux and Lumen will display her multi-layered photographic constructions of lush landscapes subdivided and superimposed with geometric constructions and mathematical diagrams meant to invite the viewer to consider invisible or conceptual aspects of space.

The artist asks: “Is there more to reality than what is observable, measurable or optically possible?”

These works encourage the viewer to look more deeply than the surface of the image.

“A photograph is a two-dimensional representation of light reflected from three-dimensional space,” says Miller. “No other medium renders perceptible reality more accurately - a magical quality that has captivated me for most of my many years of art-making. But an image that is a representation of only what can emit or absorb light presents some limitations. These images integrate the inferred veracity inherent in a photograph with conceptual possibility. While landscape photography is the starting point for my images; the digital darkroom enables me to explore dimensional space, time, perception and illusion.” 

Miller has spent her career behind a camera and in front of a classroom. She received her MFA in fine art from SUNY Buffalo and taught darkroom photography at Niagara University and digital photography at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Her work explores alternative, innovative ways of creating and conceptualizing art, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her studio is in Black Mountain.

For more information visit BlackMountainArts.org or call 828-669-0930.