The Light that Was Never Was

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An ongoing interest in how the past inhabits the present brings me to explore the history of photography by material means.This exhibition emphasizes the wet-plate collodion technique, which is characterized by hand-processed photographic plates coated with chemistry that the artist mixes according to 19th century recipes. My approach focuses on the materiality of the media, combined with a deep interest in provoking unanticipated outcomes. This leads me to create work in unexpected ways, including a series of camera-less images that render visible attributes particular to hand-processing. Gestures – often as subtle as a hesitation – are recorded as a material imprint of light and time onto the sensitive surface of photographic plates.

This exhibition draws inspiration from various sources including fiction, philosophy, and poetry. Many of the titles of the works in the exhibition are citations from books including: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson, The Underpainter by Jane Urquhart, The Future Birth of the Affective Fact by Brian Massumi, and the Survivance des lucioles by Georges Didi-Huberman.

Exhibition review by James D. Campbell

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