Photographer Barbara Yoshida Presents 'Megaliths/Night/Sky' at Gallery 1401

May 21, 2010

Since 2003, photographer Barbara Yoshida has been drawn to menhirs, megalithic standing stones, some of which are 5,000 years old and can be found throughout Scandinavia, Europe and Africa. With moonlight as her only light source, Yoshida uses extended exposure times to photograph menhirs with stars streaking across the sky. The resulting images comprise the exhibition "Megaliths/Night/Sky" at Gallery 1401 at the University of the Arts, May 28 – August 7.

Cromlech dos Almendres, Moonlight, Évora, Portugal

Yoshida's romance with menhirs comes from the aura of mystery surrounding their origins and from their intimations of astronomy and magic. The menhirs create depth and mystery in the image composition. As a further comment on the nature of her subjects, Yoshida is committed to a print called the photogravure.


Ring of Brodgar Stone, Moonlight, Orkney, Scotland       The Gurranes, Moonlight, Castletownshend, Ireland

"With the photogravure process, the way the paper is pressed into the bitten copper plate produces slightly three-dimensional, almost sculptural prints that complement the texture of the stones," she said.

Yoshida has exhibited her work in galleries from Tokyo (Gallery Tomos) to Budapest, Hungary (Nessim Galéria and ART9 Galéria) to Scotland (Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre), among many others.

This exhibition is concurrent with Stephen Mallon's "Brace For Impact: The Aftermath of Flight 1549" in the Sol Mednick Gallery (Gallery 1401's sister space).

Gallery 1401, located on the 14th floor of Terra Hall (211 S. Broad St.) in the Media Arts department, offers a regular schedule of exhibitions of contemporary photography. The gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009. Its sister gallery, the Sol Mednick Gallery, is on the 15th floor. Associate Professor of Media Arts Harris Fogel has been director of both galleries since 1997. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; weekend hours by appointment. Call 215-717-6300 for further information.

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