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Speed of Light

Winter 2018

The Skidmore Gallery at ULAE presents Speed of Light, an exhibition featuring the dynamic series of prints by James Rosenquist of the same name.

In the early 2000s, James Rosenquist explored issues of perception through depictions of outer space, technology, and the cosmos.

"Drawing on the speed of light and Einstein's theory of relativity--in which one spectator would see an event or fixed point differently from another spectator traveling at the speed of light--the paintings reflect upon the limited vision available to the viewer of the artwork (and indeed, the different reactions any two people would have to the same painting). . . . In the past, Rosenquist attempted to use representation to achieve abstract or mysterious narratives, but here he depicts concrete experience through abstraction. Cosmic in theme, the works tightrope between abstract yet literal splashes of paint and vortexes of illusionistic modeling, all depicted in a reverberating palette of yellows, blues, magentas, and greens." -- Sarah Bancroft, "Space and Scientific Phenomena," in Walter Hopps and Sarah Bancroft, James Rosenquist: A Retrospective.

Speed of Light is a series of lithographs completed with the artist in ULAE's studios in the early 2000s. The works are in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

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