DOUG & MIKE STARN
Absorption of Light
December 6, 2001 - February 2, 2002
Structure of Thought Attracted to Light Black Pulse Ganjin

At night, a dilated pupil is starved for light-opened wide to swallow as much as it can. The holes in the sphere of your skull let illumination into your mind.

For the artists, moths have a particular fascination. Attracted to light in the darkness, no one understands why. It's neither to mate nor to eat. Like butterflies, moths are almost as light as air, but they're the poor stupid cousins, they live their lives at night, flying from nowhere towards the end of their lives. A moth will bounce across a ceiling; orbit a lamp, fly into a flame. The mystery and futility of their flight for something better. Their fragile dusty wings in tatters are metaphors for our own flight.

After 2 years of experimentation with liquid silver emulsion, the Starns refined a technique in which the silver lifts off during processing, mimicking the fragile and dusty wings of a moth.

Attracted to Light 1, 1998-01
toned silver print on Thai mulberry paper
edition 2/10
20 x 60"
(30 x 70" framed)
Attracted to Light B, 1998-01
toned silver print on Thai Mulberry paper
edition 8/10
20 x 20"
(29 x 29" framed)
Attracted to Light D, 1998-01
toned silver print on Thai Mulberry paper
edition 1/5
60 x 60"
(71 x 71" framed)
Structure of Thought Attracted to Light Black Pulse Ganjin