Charlesworth’s influential body of work deconstructed the relationship between art history, photography, and the wider, image-based culture in which they are considered. By focusing on photography's constructed nature, her work pointed out the medium’s centrality in our perception of the world. Like contemporaries Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman, Jack Goldstein, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince, Charlesworth was later associated with the heterogeneous group of conceptual artists identified as the Pictures Generation.
Charlesworth's exhibition will present the entire Available Light series (2012). Through the use of different objects reflecting and refracting from her studio window, Charlesworth experimented with the ways in which light can produce a photograph, taking this process as the subject matter of this body of work. The series is composed of images of optical instruments and allegorical sources of light, as well as documentary images of her studio.