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Luminous Creatures

When: Sept. 8-Jan. 6 2017

The more you learn about astrophysics, the more you realize that light isn't what lets us see the universe—it constitutes a universe to be seen and regulates the limits of spacetime. Though light suffuses and structures our lives, so much of the stuff went unperceived for so long that it's fair to say that even on the sunniest days, humanity lived in the dark for millennia. But digital technology has brought all kinds of secret light to light, a source of mystery, inspiration, and fascination for artists as well as scientists. In Luminous Creatures, which has a closing reception at The Atomic Fern on Friday, graphic artist JP Trostle deliberately misuses a digital camera to distort everyday objects into an incandescent menagerie of creatures made all of particles and waves. They are there, because the camera captured them; they are not there, because they never were. It's all the light we cannot see, seen and imbued with uncanny sentience. —Brian Howe

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