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Vera Lutter

Turning Time

February 7–April 14, 2018
Britannia Street, London

Installation view Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Installation view

Artwork © Vera Lutter. Photo: Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Vera Lutter, Temple of Athena, Paestum, XIII: October 13, 2015, 2015 Gelatin silver print, 52 ¾ × 58 ¾ inches (134 × 149.2 cm), unique print© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Temple of Athena, Paestum, XIII: October 13, 2015, 2015

Gelatin silver print, 52 ¾ × 58 ¾ inches (134 × 149.2 cm), unique print
© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Temple of Athena, Paestum, V: October 8, 2015, 2015 Gelatin silver print, 52 ½ × 92 inches (133.4 × 233.7 cm), unique print© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Temple of Athena, Paestum, V: October 8, 2015, 2015

Gelatin silver print, 52 ½ × 92 inches (133.4 × 233.7 cm), unique print
© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XV: September 12, 2013, 2013 Gelatin silver print, 96 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm), unique print© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XV: September 12, 2013, 2013

Gelatin silver print, 96 × 84 inches (243.8 × 213.4 cm), unique print
© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XVII: September 16, 2013, 2013 Gelatin silver print, 95 ⅛ × 84 inches (241.6 × 213.4 cm), unique print© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, XVII: September 16, 2013, 2013

Gelatin silver print, 95 ⅛ × 84 inches (241.6 × 213.4 cm), unique print
© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, III: September 2, 2013, 2013 Gelatin silver print, 89 ¼ × 56 inches (226.7 × 142.2 cm), unique print© Vera Lutter

Vera Lutter, Radio Telescope, Effelsberg, III: September 2, 2013, 2013

Gelatin silver print, 89 ¼ × 56 inches (226.7 × 142.2 cm), unique print
© Vera Lutter

About

Gagosian is pleased to present Turning Time, an exhibition of eight new photographs by Vera Lutter.

Lutter has created pinhole-camera photographs of architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, and industrial sites since the early 1990s. Turning Time comprises two series: one depicting ancient temples in the southern Italian town of Paestum; the other, the Effelsberg radio telescope at the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie in Germany, used for scientific research and recording cosmic activity in outer space. These studies of historical monuments and pivotal technological innovations reflect Lutter’s deep relationship with the forces of time.

At each site, Lutter transformed a standard-size shipping container into a camera obscura, one of the oldest image-capturing technologies, whereby light enters a dark camera space through a pinhole, projecting an image into the interior onto a sheet of photographic paper. Lutter’s images are large and the exposure times can last hours, weeks, or even months. The projected image inscribes itself as an inverted black-and-white image, making each print a unique object, a negative on paper that cannot be reprinted.

In 2013, Lutter traveled to the Eifel region of Germany to photograph the Effelsberg telescope. One of the largest radio telescopes on Earth, with a diameter of 100 meters, it collects ancient radio waves that have traveled for light years to reach our hemisphere, helping to shape our understanding of planets and activity beyond our own. Over the course of a month, Lutter made a series of compelling black-and-white images of the telescope while the instrument itself was exploring the farthest reaches of our galaxy, searching for information that will inform us about the past and, possibly, the inception of our universe.

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