Image by Carrie Witherell. Relics: My Mom’s Finches. 2011. Hand drawn negative contact-printed onto cyanotype.
Mirror with a Memory is a show of works by the artists and craftsman who had taken back the chemical and physical qualities of the photographic medium. Photography as a medium has always been driven by the needs of the consumer, pushing companies to change to the medium to make their products faster, cheaper & easier. These changes were rarely dictated by the wants or demands of the artist, but for monetary concerns.
Since the rise of digital imaging there has been a push back from a new generation of photographers that seek a tangible object; something that can be held, touched & treasured. We live in a flood of imagery, from Instagram feeds to Facebook, and most of us have come to fully embrace our cellphone screens as our primary means of grasping at the fleeting image; pressing “like” and letting it pass us by. These immaterial encounters with the digital have changed fine art photography for better or worse; the medium has shifted our consciousness from the print and to the screen. Never more has the physical photographic object stood out from the rest of the medium and declared itself art. Mirror with a Memory is a half juried, half curated show that will feature the works of not only established artists in the field but emerging ones as well.
Thursday, July 7, 2016; 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
July 7 – August 6, 2016
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA
Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Lindsey Beal, Lynné Bowman Cravens, Sage Brousseau, Myles Dunigan, Nina Earley, Kia Elena, David Emitt Adams, Diane Fenster, Adam Finkelston, Angela Franks Wells, Amy Friend, Silke Hase, Brett Henrikson, Scott M. Hilton, Devon John Chebra, Marky Kauffmann, Hannah Kirkpatrick, Paige Kooyenga, Sarah Lazure, Joli Livaudais, Aly Maderson Quinlog, Erika Masterson, Karen Molloy, Beverly Rayner, Michelle Rogers-Pritzl, Tony Sehgal, S. Gayle Stevens, James Wigger, Carrie Witherell, Michael Yurgeles
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Brett Henrikson is an Artist-Photographer working in Providence Rhode Island. Brett graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and is based strongly in the craft and alchemy of the process. He believes that the hands on aspects of working in the darkroom and large format gives the artist a real sense of physical creation over their work. Photographic processes are his hammer and chisel, as he approaches the world and uses visual language to understand and reinterpret being. His main body of work “Chaotic Forms” uses the physicality of the photographic object in a new and unconventional way, as he creates large collodion contact prints from multiple cut geometric glass negatives. Henrikson has shown his work in galleries nationally as well as given numerous wet plate collodion demonstrations at institutions like RISD, AS220, the New England Archivist Symposium and the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.