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Shane Huffman at Shane Campbell Gallery

by Monica LaBelle

Some art works force the question: What is art, and what is an artist? And what, exactly, makes an image?

Shane Huffman

Shane Huffman

Shane Huffman’s pieces, currently on display at Shane Campbell Gallery, pose such a conceptual quandary specific to the medium of photography. The Chicago artist took silver gelatins used in photography and nuked them in the microwave. Indicators of the radiation show up, creating NASA-like images of cosmic wonders. Framed in black on 11” by 14,” they are reminders of galaxies far, far away.  Each print is different, with wavering orbs and blotches in colors of deep red-orange and antiqued green-blue.

Shane Huffman

Shane Huffman

Exhibited in the tiny Oak Park edition of Shane Campbell gallery, these photographs inspire instant awe and remind us of scientists who conjure what many of us forget exists—a wave, a burst, a flash of color—energy we do not usually have the privilege to see because it is only visible through the right tools.

Shane Huffman

Shane Huffman

Shane Campbell Gallery Oak Park is at 125 N. Harvey Avenue and may be seen by appointment only.