A line expresses a relationship, an irrevocable connection between behavior and feeling, assumption and apprehension. These are lines of light, of illumination, that are often just beyond our register. Luminal Lines is concerned with perceptual lines foremost, these lattice patterns of convergences and associations, sympathetic and divergent vectors that we find ourselves immersed in. Rivers are lines that mark their way through contiguous landscapes, winding and morphing as they go. Along the way they are intersected themselves by lines of industry, migration, commerce and culture.
In this, Silt’s initial excursion into the terrain of the Pacific Northwest, their paths intersect three diverse rivers at three points in the northwest region of the state. In the tradition of 19th Century moving panoramic riverscapes and the luminist painters of the western wilderness, Silt creates images that invoke the sublime impressions of light while opening perceptual portals into the landscape and its layers of time. At the same time their images bend back on themselves traditional lines of perspective and cinematic/painterly notions of panoramic orientation. Their cameras explore the reflective and refractive qualities of light and water-- small, peripheral glimpses that reflect not grand vistas but subtle phenomena.