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Bare Handed

Holly Lynton

Filter Photo is pleased to present Bare Handed, a solo exhibition of work by Holly Lynton.


Through photography, Holly Lynton seeks to understand what is at the crux of people’s desire to maintain agrarian traditions in rural communities despite the challenges of globalization and new technology. In her series Bare Handed, she looks for moments of wonder, and aims to depict the delicate balance between dominance and surrender often found in the natural world. The individuals she photographs work in tandem with their environment, reaping benefits but leaving little mark, and have a spiritual commitment to their work that goes beyond the rational.  Their work is a kind of meditation. Lynton celebrates that spiritual conviction and her images are meant to offer contrast to the iconic, historical images of hardship created by WPA photographers of the Great Depression period.


She photographs distinct geographical areas of the United States, each with a unique agricultural history and yet similar environmental concerns, and aims to stitch the regions together through commonalities, much like a quilt.  Her project has grown into an extended body of work mirroring her interest in discovering how Americans are interacting with nature now, in the midst of an increasingly technological and mechanized world. Lynton says, “I look for gestures and draw inspiration from religious paintings, mythology, and iconic tales of struggle to convey a sense of mysticism that can be found in the everyday.”


Exhibition Dates: June 3 – July 23, 2016

Location: Filter Space | 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207

Filter Photo is proud to acknowledge the support of the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation in producing this exhibition.

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