The Allegory of Breaking Light
Curatorial Proposal Series solo exhibition by Piper Ainsley

On View: March 22nd to April 21st

Reception: March 24th, 7-9PM

Artist Talk: April 7th, 7:30PM

Light & Clay Workshop: April 14th, 2-4PM


Gallery 263 is excited to present a new Curatorial Proposal Series solo exhibition by Piper Ainsley. This installation navigates a complex story of rifting society and place using the medium of light. The Allegory of Breaking Light is at once personal narrative rarely engaged by the art of light and space, and the positioning of the phenomena of light as architectural insert.

Through parched and precariously packed land, deep fissures formed when sunlight stole the damp stability of earth. Frenetic anticipation of rain vibrated between all animals. A slow, unstoppable wall of wind, infinitely thick and wide, pushed across the cracking plane. The nation of Sudan was waiting to divide.


Piper Ainsley creates architectural, architectonic, and art-based interventions in the medium of light, and holds a Masters of Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She is the author of Light is Certainly Worth Chasing (2016). Understanding that light defies disciplinary classification and speaks across sociocontextual boundary, she composes material relationships which allow light to transport beyond location. She writes, teaches, works in installation and architecture, and runs a creative collaborative

Gallery 263 advances the artistic endeavors of makers and performers, while fostering public engagement, enrichment, and exchange. Functioning as a creative nexus, Gallery 263 provides a contemporary voice for the arts in Cambridge and our regional communities.

Gallery 263 exhibits are free and open to the public.