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Light bulbs

Light Bulb 10, by Amanda Means

The highlights Amanda Means’ photogram images at Gallery 339 are portraits of individual light bulbs.

Their magic is partly in the structures within. They are delicate and intricate. In some cases they look like carousels or old-fashioned appliance parts, in others like little figures. And when they carry the live electrical charge, they have the magic of Mesmerism and auras.

Light Bulb 00051C, by Means

But the rest of the magic is in the lightbulb as a head, a portrait from life, the narrow neck, the bulb on top. It’s all so fragile and in constant danger. This is what gives this work its life–that plus the colors in the background.