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Let it Snow
December 2, 2016 – January 27, 2017
Gallery Reception: Friday, December 2, 6–8 pm

Winter Break: December 18, 2016 – January 3, 2017
Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Let it Snow, a group show of artists who photograph snowflakes, including Wilson A. Bentley, Alexey Kljatov, Kenneth Libbrecht, Doug and Mike Starn, and Risaku Suzuki. For many years Bentley was the only person to photograph snowflakes, but recently contemporary artists have responded to his seminal work with poetic and dynamic interpretations.



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Inspired by Bentley’s work, Russian artist Alexey Kljatov made a rig comprising a working camera lens, a wooden board, some screws, old camera parts, and a carpet to collect and record the ephemeral snowflake. He photographs them just as they land on the carpet.
Taking a scientific approach, Kenneth Libbrecht develops snowflakes in his physics lab at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Studying the physics of crystal growth and molecular structures, Libbrecht is able to create “designer snowflakes” by changing the temperature and humidity as the crystal grows. He changes the color of the backgrounds and the snowflakes in his photographs to create mesmerizing effects.

Doug and Mike Starn, twin brothers from New York, have been working collaboratively on conceptual photographs and installations since the mid-1980s. Using plasma-emitting lights with microscopic lenses, they are able to capture snowflakes in colorand reveal their beautiful imperfections. Eight of these prints will be on exhibition.
Ukichiro Nakaya described snowflakes as “letters sent from heaven,” and the renowned Japanese photographer Risaku Suzuki takes this poetic idea and captures twelve individual snowflakes in his publication Snow Letter by Nazraeli Press. The gallery presents three of these photographs.

December 2, 2016–January 27, 2017

First Friday, December 2, 6–8 pm

Gallery Hours

Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

Winter Break (Gallery Closed)
December 18 –January 3

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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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About Invisible Children
Lately we have been hearing on the news about the plights of the Syrian refugees and the huge refugee influx to neighboring countries. However, not many people take the time to look at each of them as a person, an individual with an identity. When I was in Beirut in 2014, I was poignantly struck by the Syrian refugee children and teens standing at every other street corner begging for money, selling red roses or miscellaneous trinkets, or carrying beat-up shoe-shining equipment. They all said they were “working” and were being brought by the truckload every morning and expected to bring money back at the end of each day. People often walked or drove by them seemingly indifferent or just fed-up by what the influx of refugees has done to the country’s economy and resources. As a mother, I was truly moved by the children and troubled by the fact that they had become almost faceless and invisible to the locals. These kids and teens seemed to blend with the graffiti on the walls in front of which they were standing. They are sadly only perceived by people and on the news as “the refugees”. The group identity seemed to define them more than their individual identity. I tried through my images to put an individual face to the invisible children, to give them their dignity and portray their individuality. - Rania Matar

About the Artist
Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon. She moved to the U.S. in 1984 to study architecture at Cornell University and later photography at New England School of Photography and Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar currently works full time on her personal photography projects and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her images are in the permanent collections worldwide including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, Worcester deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln MA among others.