"Geometric shapes have the ability to signify the most unfathomable idea of the macrocosm. In Betsy Kenyon’s photograms, a circle becomes a portal, and the layering of squares leads you through parallel dimensions... While not overtly autobiographical of the artist, these images delve into the larger, shared story of humankind and our place in the universe."
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How does one quantify or describe the experience of nonrepresentational, nonfigurative photography consisting only of gradient forms and geometric patterns – the kind of abstraction afforded traditionally to painters and sculptors? Grey Matter, Betsy Kenyon’s ongoing exploration of both traditional and invented darkroom techniques engenders the experience of form itself. The work plays with dimension, depth, and perspective and suggests values of minimalism and psychedelia, free of literal subject matter, narrative, humanism, or statement. Kenyon deftly challenges the boundaries of photography, offers a new vision for the medium, and gifts us a greyscale language that is simple as it is profound.