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Bill Laing   Night Light Series



January 8, 1983 - January 30, 1983

More than demonstrating his well known technical proficiency, Bill Laing’s new series of prints indicates his concern for spatial tension within the confines of a given format. The long, narrow plates immediately suggest prairie landscape. The carefully chosen placement of elements in this space illuminates the importance of the object within its environment. Through skilled use of aquatint he achieves remarkable tonal gradations, from the starkest of white to the densest of impenetrable black. Skies are subtle counterpoints to ground with soft, textured surfaces and fleeting burnished clouds. The mystery and ambiguity of the prairie at night is intensely realized through Laing’s ability to create psychological nuance in his images.

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