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Floating World
Devening Projects + Editions
September 7 — October 8, 2008
Exhibition statement

Floating World brings together work from two recent projects “Small Mountains” and “Lake Effect", a series of photographs that evoke a deep sense of time that extends far beyond the present. Made in areas around Lake Michigan during winter seasons, the work examines various effects of the presence of a large body of water, from the gray clouds that cover the sky to the piles of salt gathered to combat lake effect snow.

Taking its title from the17th century Japanese Buddhist term for the ephemeral pleasures of the world, as well as the geological condition of the earth as a dynamic moving body with its crust floating, the exhibition will feature photographs of natural materials and conditions that are in constant state of transformation: waves on the lake, winter trees, and stark otherworldly landscapes formed by snow, sand, and salt.

Whereas Lee’s previous body of work, the “Prairie” series, centered on seasonal time, the new photographs of primordial waves and transitory mountains explore the outer limits of time by referencing slow and continuous formations of earth’s body over an immense quantity of time. The work is also a study of fleeting transient beauty, of the ever-changing light, atmosphere and textures of the water, sky and the land, which exist in a state of perpetual becoming.