Manresa Gallery is pleased to present the newest exhibition featuring the work German artist Nicole Ahland. Through the study of light suffusing dark interior spaces, Ahland creates a metaphor for the transformation of the internal human experience. Just as the eye adapts to darkness, one’s perceptions are tempered during the long wait for the clarity of dawn. Ahland lays out how viewers’ expectations are interrupted – hope-filled clearings of vision are variously mollified and magnified by an infiltrating, mute brilliance. One is invited to explore textured, often obscured enchantments, as the journey leads into a flood of transcendence.

The photographs included in the exhibition stem from two bodies of work produced between 2010 and 2015. These night-long exposures were made in two neighboring inner-city churches in Cologne, Germany: the Gothic parish of Saint Peter’s and the endowed Romanesque St. Cecilia’s, which now houses the Schnütgen Museum of Medieval Art. By hosting Ahland’s work, the Manresa Gallery invites those spaces to enliven a meditational dialogue within another church venue.

More about the artist: Nicole Ahland uses analog photography to explore charged spaces; her work makes note of memories, moods, and histories. Ahland’s search for rooms with traces of upheavals or demolitions has lead her across Europe, and she continues to search for a distinguished spatial quality that often reveals the tension inherent in the relationship between the aesthetics of architecture and a space’s functionality.

Gallery Hours
Thursdays & Fridays: 1pm to 5pm
Sundays: Between masses + 2pm to 5pm
Sunday mass times at St. Ignatius Church are at 8am, 9:30am and 11am

Manresa Gallery juxtaposes traditional and contemporary art to highlight diverse expressions of faith. It provides a space for local and international artists to contemplate and expand spiritual practices through artistic expression and community engagement. Explorations provide a platform for practical outreach based upon interfaith dialogue.