Lauren Semivan: Door Into the Dark

Lauren Semivan: Door Into the Dark
January 31, 2018 Sarah Zientarski
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Photographer and Detroit native, Lauren Semivan is displaying her haunting new exhibition, “Door Into the Dark” at the Detroit Performs featured venue David Klein Gallery. The exhibition opens February 3.

Semivan’s classically crafted photographs within “Door Into the Dark” explore real and fictitious worlds by confounding and perplexing the eye, offering a powerful experience to the viewer.

Semivan dove into classic photographic techniques for the exhibition, using an early 20th century, 8 x 10-inch large format view camera to capture images and developing manually in a dark room to allow for careful control of all parts of the photographic process.

“The elaborate, illusionistic constructions I compose in front of the camera last only until they are photographed, after which they are either discarded or re-incorporated into the next image,” Semivan explains. “The result is a series of images that are both tangible documents of reality and impressions from another unseen realm.”

Born in Detroit, Semivan holds a BA in Studio Art from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been widely exhibited at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Paris Photo, and The AIPAD Photography Show, among others.  She has taught photography at College for Creative Studies, The Ohio State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wayne State University.

Semivan has received numerous awards for her work including Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and The Griffin Museum of Photography’s Griffin Award. In 2014, she was a finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers. Her work was recently published in the Black Forest: Four Visual Poems (Candela Books, 2014) and has appeared in the New Yorker, Artforum, Harper’s, Interview, Village Voice, and Photograph.

“Door Into the Dark” runs through March 10.

Flour, Chalk, Feathers,
2017
Archival Ink Print
40 x 50 in.
Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

Glacier 2
2017
Archival Ink Print
40 x 50 in.
Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery

Velvet
2015
Archival Ink Print
40 x 50 in.
2015
Courtesy of the artist and David Klein Gallery