'Alter-Ego' Images Made with Toy Cameras and Alternative Photographic Processes about the show • directions
Exhibit dates: 2-21 May 2009.
Reception 7 May 2009, 7-9 p.m.
ABOUT THE SHOW Curated by Bridget Kane and Greer Muldowney.
During times of change, there are always those who rebel. In the current
era of digital media, many photographers are reaching for ways to create
work that is relevant in the world today, but by using manual processes
that have enriched photography since it's inception. Be it with taped up
plastic toy cameras from the 1970s, to making their own pinhole cameras, to
creating cyanotypes outside in the sun—these are not photographers who
simply want to plug in their memory card and click away to create an image.
There is a lot of trial and error, duct-tape and elbow grease in making
each of these images.
Many alternative photographers live by the mantra “don’t think, just
shoot”. There are minimal options and settings in the cameras, and much
is is left to chance, intuition and happy accidents. The process takes on
a life of its own--be it light leaks in the camera, one frame overlapping
to the next, or variations in environment and chemistry-- the intentional
loss of control over the medium gives the artist an ability to let go of
what might be sacred, as what is being captured through these mediums many
times is unknown until the film is processed. It is a balance of give and
take between the artist and the medium.
These photographers portray work that is whimsical, nostalgic and engrossed
in their respective mediums to create the work that has been chosen to
display. With polaroid, cyanotype and other analogue techniques falling to
the wayside in this digital age, we hope to celebrate these artists and
their unique processes at the Nave.
Leslie Bastress |
Mark Richard Brown
Derrick Burbul | website
Myriah Leshea Douglas
Erica Frisk | website
Mellisa Gruntkosky | website
Ariel Kessler | website
Mary Kocol | website
Eric Nichols | website
O Gustavo Plascencia
Serrah Russell | website
Erika Sidor | website
Roberta Stone | website
M. L. Van Nice
V Van Sant | website