Nicole Soukup is an intern at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In 2009, She received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Florida. New Pictures 3: James Welling, Glass House goes through March 6th, 2011.
When I first saw James Welling, Glass House, one word came to mind – fluorescent. These photographs are bold, bright, and dynamic. By using reflection and collapsing space, Welling went beyond the static nature of architectural photography. He captured the essential dynamism of light and space in the building.
The abstraction in the photographs puts pressure on our preconceptions of what it means to take a digital photograph. Welling used analog methods to obtain the desired effects for these digital photographs. This undermining of the digital with the analog however falls second to the visual play in the images.