Thrilled to announce my collodion image "Root" will be included in the Light Sensitive 2015 exhibition at Art Intersection in Gilbert, Arizona. The exhibition opening is on March 7, 2015 6-8pm at 207 N. Gilbert Rd. and runs through April 18, 2015.
Art Intersection's signature exhibition, Light Sensitive, celebrates the art of handmade darkroom processes with guest juror, Robert Hirsch; artist, curator, and author.
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My design and architecture background helps guide my artistic endeavors, which led to this new work, MANUS, combining art, architecture and photography. With the creation of each piece, I am inspired by historic buildings in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Tower piece is based off of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK. There are 8 image sections symbolic of the 8 residential balcony levels within this building. The images are adhered to a 30.60.90-degree triangular substrate. The angle degrees match the angle degrees used within the Tower’s structure, as all angles within the building are either 30.60. or 90 degree angles. The 8 (4x5) ferrotype images on the right of the piece are abstracted images taken digitally directly from the exterior of the site, then printed onto OHP film and exposed via the wet plate collodion process in the darkroom. The 8 ferrotype images on the left of the piece are abstracted ginkgo leaf images, symbolic of Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved ginkgo tree. He had his home and studio originally built around his beloved ginkgo tree. This piece stands roughly 4 feet tall and includes 16 one-of-a-kind ferrotype images. The ginkgo images have all been hand-tinted with archival pastels in oranges, yellows, and blues, and have been varnished with a sandarac lavender oil varnish, as all of my collodion images are sealed with this protective varnish layer.
Most of the architecture-based pieces in the MANUS portfolio are directly born from a building's design. It's aesthetics and structure is reflected in the way each art piece is photographed, designed, and created.
I've been shooting wet plate collodion images on tin and glass for 8 months, since my workshop at Maine Media Workshops ... and thought it would be a nice balance to do a bit of film processing since being so wrapped up in the collodion process. I am about 10 rolls into processing (roughly 20 total, so far) and noticed a few pinhole frames I shot during my time at the workshop. We were on-location under the bridge at the Rockport, Maine marina. It was only our second on-location shoot and were testing what it is like to be away from the darkroom ... relying only on an ice fishing tent and/or a portable wooden darkbox as our darkroom for the day.