Temples of Light, July 22–August 18

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What: Temples of Light, Photographs by Bryan Hewitt

When: July 22–August 18, 2013

Where: The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space at 934 Brannan St. (between 8th and 9th)

These palatial photographs by Bryan Hewitt, of buildings ablaze in artificial light, attempt to illuminate light as a symbol of human industrial achievement while implying the inevitable natural destruction this achievement precipitates. Hewitt suggests a relationship between the volume of light in a place and the concentrated presence of societal institutions that prove the most environmentally destructive.

The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on the planet, and the financial districts are typically the brightest part of an urban area— except for capital cities, where the area surrounding the seat of government is the brightest. In rural areas it is the big box stores, gas stations and convenience stores that are the brightest.

Hewitt notes, “It is almost as if, now that we have convinced ourselves that we have control of nature, we find The Dark within our massed selves. And so we strive to burn it out with the cold fire of electric lighting.” His interest in the ways that humans can live in greater harmony with the environment and the rest of the planet’s inhabitants informs all of his work.

About Bryan Hewitt
Bryan Hewitt is an interdisciplinary artist and freelance photographer currently living and working in San Anselmo and San Francisco, California. He had shown both nationally and internationally, most recently as part of Raw Feed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole at SOMArts Cultural Center. His work is included in the permanent collections of Yatoo, The Korean Nature Arts Association, and SF Recycling & Disposal.


About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery, a community curated space in the SOMArts lobby, accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. To view submission information as well as past exhibitions, please visit The Ramp Gallery page of our website here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Images above courtesy of Bryan Hewitt