Insomnia, in photographs

Christopher Atkins' photographs are at once eerie and familiar, particularly to anyone who's had trouble sleeping through the night. In working on "Wired," the second gallery show of his career, Atkins tapped his personal experiences, keeping a camera by his bedside, and deploying it on the visuals he recognized when he couldn't sleep. The pieces are unsettling, bringing out that thin, uncanny stretch between exhaustion and dreams. The photos put shadow and dark in conflict with unnatural light, which passes through curtains and creeps under doorways. With the lights off, some images are almost invisible, indecipherable. Like sleep itself. Atkins' 17-piece "Wired" series is exhibited at the Kolman & Pryor Galley in Northeast Minneapolis through November 20. Read our preview of the event and profile of Christopher Atkins.


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