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On Light: Megumi Shauna Arai on Violet Strays

If you’ve never taken a look at the online exhibition site Violet Strays, curated by Serrah Russell and Alyssa Volpigno, now is the time. Through this Thursday, March 26, Violet Strays is showing brief video vignettes by the Seattle photographer Megumi Shauna Arai in a show called and sometimes the brightest light is in transitional states. These videos are studies in light, landscape, and drawn-out chords of sound. Details sharpen into focus and then loosen out of it. Views are not static but waiver slightly, like real hands that hold and eyes that see.

You visit for a new piece every day, and you can’t look back at videos from days before. Seeing work this way is an exercise in patience and memory, as one day’s looking and listening builds slowly upon the last. The space between makes these videos and the light they show all the more fugitive and beautiful.

On the horizon for Arai are a May show at SOIL gallery with C. Davida Ingram, a forthcoming book with Sierra Stinson about desert light and the open road, and a new durational photographic performance slated for this summer.

A still from one of the video vignettes of and sometimes the brightest light is in transitional states

A still from one of the video vignettes of and sometimes the brightest light is in transitional states.

Another still

Another still from a video by Megumi Shauna Arai.

Another still

Another still. Arai’s and sometimes the brightest light is in transitional states is at Violet Strays through this Thursday.

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