Saint Elmo’s Fire in The Ramp Gallery, September 23–October 21, 2013

What: Saint Elmo’s Fire: Electrographic Images by Kerry Laitala

When: September 23–October 21, 2013

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

Kerry Laitala’s collection of electrographic images explores the intersection between science and superstition, belief and manifestation.

Similar to her past works created with moving image, these photographs explore the projection of meaning onto inanimate objects. The source materials used in this process range from vintage letterpress blocks to Mexican “Milagros” that are often left at churches and other places of worship. These objects, in the shape of hearts, legs, and kneeling forms, become talismans that help people with ailments, and desires that need to be met. A milagro representing an ailing heart might be left at a shrine to mend an aching heart.

The work also takes into consideration Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Laitala is interested in the way that “Objecthood”, and the aura of “Objecthood” in photography has market-place significance as opposed to her time-based works that capitalize on the exploration of a particularly ephemeral experience.

About Kerry Laitala
Laitala’s work is always tactile; she is deeply involved in the handmade process of creating film and photography. Laitala studied film and photography at Massachusetts College of Art and obtained a masters degree from SFAI in 1997. She is currently living in the Bay Area and teaching film at SFAI.

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 You can visit The Ramp Gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Images above courtesy of Kerry Laitala