The photographic work of local artist Greg Monge is an exploration in perception. Using a dark-room to manipulate film, Monge creates minimalist images which celebrate the enjoyment of color and luminosity. The photographs serve as contemplative windows, reflecting both the transcendent and intimate experiences of the Divine in daily life. The exhibition “Contemplative Light” will by on display in the chapel space of Fuller Theological Seminary from January 3rd-March 17th, 2017.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
Our culture is cluttered up with tons of images. Even in the world of fine art, so many paintings are totally clogged up with multiple images. When I started this series, I was looking for a signature image of serenity and calm. Something quiet and contemplative that would be an antidote to all the clutter we see every day. As the work progressed, I wanted to increasingly refine the palette, clearing the “canvas” of as much visual distraction as possible. As elements and colors were eliminated, I worked towards a minimalist statement. The work became more restful to the eye, while also remaining stimulating. I wasn’t looking for abstraction. Instead, the notion of getting to the essence of things was driving the series forward. I sought something ethereal, intangible, or even ephemeral. Is there something here that is just now coalescing, or is it just now starting to fade away?
- Greg Monge