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Exhibition: Magic Show - Photography of Carol Golemboski


  • The Light Factory 1817 Central Avenue Charlotte, NC, 28205 United States (map)

The Light Factory in Charlotte, North Carolina knows that photography and magic are natural companions. Stage magicians have traditionally relied upon misdirection, trickery, and sleight of hand. Photography, the only medium with a reputation for recording “truth,” is also notorious for its ability to deceive. In Magic Show: Photographs by Carol Golemboski, the photographer is a magician who creates tricks behind the curtain of the darkroom. Sometimes the illusions occur in camera, but more frequently they are conjured in the printing process, with drawings, photograms, and vintage photographic papers. While these pictures rely on darkness, mystery, and metaphor, they are also an ode to the darkroom. For anyone who has marveled at an image “magically” appearing in the developer, these photographs recall an era that is quickly disappearing into thin air.

Regular Viewing Hours:
Wednesday – Saturdays, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

About Carol Golemboski:
Carol Golemboski uses antiquated objects as metaphors in carefully staged scenes. Her process, defined by the use of black and white film and traditional darkroom printing, combines photography and drawing in ambiguous and provocative ways. Her psychologically charged still life images draw on past eras to suggest the continuum of human emotions and anxieties, particularly relating to the experience of women.

Golemboski received an MFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999 and an MA in Art from The University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including individual artist fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Saltonstall Foundation and Light Work. Her Psychometry series won the 2007 Project Competition Award from Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Golemboski's images have been published internationally in textbooks and notable photographic journals in the United States, China, France, Spain, Austria and Sweden. She is an Associate Professor and the Area head of Photography at the University of Colorado Denver.

In 2013 Golemboski released an interactive artist's book as an iPad app called "Psychometry." It was selected as one of the twelve Outstanding Books of 2013 by the Independent Publisher Book Awards, winning the category of "Outstanding eBook Achievement." Golemboski is represented by the Robert Klein Gallery in Boston and Kevin Longino, Fine Photographs.

About The Light Factory:
Founding a grassroots nonprofit organization is no picnic. It takes a dedicated few. Initially The Light Factory was simply a group of photographers who gathered at Anderson’s on Elizabeth Avenue once a week. What started as an idea soon became a brick-and-mortar cooperative, and the first iteration of The Light Factory opened its doors in 1973. During the 70s and 80s The Light Factory remained on the move. But even though the space it inhabited changed, the idea behind it always remained the same, and always close by.

Our nomadic existence continued in the 90s, and even into the new millennium. From the Park Elevator building on South Boulevard to a second stint at Spirit Square uptown to our current home in Plaza Midwood, The Light Factory remained on the move for another 25 years. While a Queen City map may be dotted with multiple locations over the past 40+ years, the truth is a floor and four walls don’t make a nonprofit organization. People do. And we’ve been lucky to have talented and dedicated employees, board members, and volunteers throughout our history, no matter where we’ve hung our hats.