To Darken, Lightly curated by Audra Lambert
To Darken, Lightly: a Juried LIC-A Exhibition
Curated by Audra Lambert
Opening Reception: July 26, 5-8pm
The LIC-A Art Space @ The Factory LIC
30-30 37th Ave, LIC NY 11101
“They slept on the abyss without a surge—
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them—She was the Universe.” (George Gordon Lord Byron, “Darkness”)
The interspersion of light and darkness can hold many meanings for people according to their identity/ies, and can even be interpreted according to more temporary states such as mood or major life events. When considering how light and darkness reveal the world to us so differently when applied to representation or abstract artworks, it can be easy to forget that these two seeming dualities depend on one another: and are, in fact, shifts of light along the same unified spectrum. By keeping in mind that the two exist in harmony, rather than in conflict, we can grasp the ways that they manifest in art, in culture - and in life.
Audra Lambert (based in NYC, from New Orleans) is an art historian and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her curatorial consultancy, ANTE Projects, has been the curatorial force in residence at The Yard, Williamsburg for 4 years. Lambert holds an MA, Art History & Visual Culture from Lindenwood University (2021) and an undergraduate degree in Art History and Asian Studies from St Peter’s University (2005) with study abroad at Kansai Gaidai University (2008) in Hirakata City, Japan. She has curated exhibitions with the Center for Jewish History, Fountain House Gallery, FORMah Art Gallery, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Arsenal Gallery among others. She has written for Cultbytes, Delicious Line, Texte zur Kunst, Fine Art Globe and more. She has juried artist residencies at Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, ChaNorth, and ApexArt among others. With a vested interest in social justice, she has worked on exhibitions highlighting racism in the United States (Dread Scott: The Impossibility of Freedom, More Art: 2014) the enduring presence of New York City's women artists (Nicholasa Mohr at Harry Belafonte Library in East Harlem, 2015/16) grassroots artist organizations (Root Systems, Amos Eno Gallery, 2022) and de-escalating conflict in war-torn regions (Re-Orientations, 2019/20.) More information can be found at antecedentprojects.com .