October 8, 2022 · RISE/SET

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, 6:00 PM –
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, 5:00 PM

Compound YV Gallery
55379 Twentynine Palms Highway, 
Yucca Valley, CA, 92284, United States (map)

Opening reception

Oct. 8, 2022
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM


Matt Wessen · RISE/SET 

“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.” 
—Hans Hofmann, German-American painter

“Color is born of the interpenetration of light and dark.” 
—Sam Francis, American Painter 

In Rise/Set, photographer Matt Wessen (b. 1982 in Los Angeles, California) extracts the moods and movements of two circadian occurrences we all have the opportunity to witness every day: the sunrise and the sunset. Typically thought of as either impossible to capture in a way that’s true to the experience — or else clichéd and sentimental — Wessen instead uses abstraction to organize a daily ritual into a show that is colorful, bold and graphic, more akin to a PANTONE color book than nature photography.