Monday, April 29, 2013
For the last several years I've driven a 52-mile commute to my medical practice in a small city in central Kentucky. I depart my suburban home, travel a busy stretch of interstate highway to my job, and reverse the trip at day's end. I traverse a lush, sparsely populated semi-rural landscape, marked by the presence of people I mostly donʼt see. I view their homes and playgrounds; their businesses and industrial sites; their rural hamlets and suburban shopping malls. Isolated within my car, apart from these unseen people, I already feel I'm The Other.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
He is the first of many artists I have researched that strictly works with chemigrams!!! They are pretty fantastic. He has worked both with and without resists which creates varied effects in his work. I really enjoyed the fact that he added in his website little "tid-bits" of information about how he created some effects. It helps give me some insight into how I should go about chemigrams.
He refers to his work as a mix between photography, printmaking, and painting. I think that's an interesting way to approach chemigrams because it forces you to have to think that way. Even though a lot of it is left up to chance, certain decisions can help create real artwork as opposed to some crazy chemical stained paper.
He also gives a fantastic explanation in his statement: "Varying the concentration, flow, and time of the contact of the chemicals with the paper allows me to control the lightness, color tone, and composition of the image background.....Unlike most working with chemigrams, the resist I use is a "soft" one, lending itself to rapid gestural creation of images-often in 30 seconds or less as opposed to thirty minutes or more when a "hard" resist or varnish is used."
This now explains to me why my coconut oil resist didn't work too well........
I also love this quote from him "Inherent in my work is risk taking - balancing control and chance."
Valerie Burke is a former adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago who currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has a strong interest in pinhole photography and uses both traditional pinholes and digital pinholes of a digital camera with a pinhole accessory instead of a lens.
Through the Pinhole Statement:"My early pinhole photography was a means of getting in touch with myself . I used the patio for taking the images. It was the stage for my personal dramas and the yard a jungle which had grown up around me over years I was occupied raising a family.
The pinhole cameras I used to take the pictures were a hatbox and a bathroom hamper; both were laden with domestic memories. The use of a pinhole camera was a 19th century manner of shooting. The simplicity of its means--no lens and no film but sunlight poring through a tiny opening in a piece of copper spread out the memories of years over a paper negative cinching content and means.
The pinhole also gave vent to a personal preoccupation with playfulness, exploration and risk taking."
These are images of her pinhole cameras:
|This is the 2/3 mirrorless camera used with a pinhole accessory to take the images in the Florals Gallery|
|Hatbox pinhole camera|
|Pinhole Camera Bathroom Hamper|
Through the Pinhole:
The Yukon Series
Valerie's photography has been exhibited at the Illinois State Museum, Chicago, Illinois. The Lofoten International Art Center, Svolvaer, Norway; The Chicago Cultural Center, Klein Art Works, Chicago, Illinois; The Midwest Photographer's project, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Sixth Annual New York Digital Salon, The Visual Arts Museum, New York, and the Center for Fine Arts Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado among others.
Her work has been published in several editions of the Pinhole Journal as well as Leonardo magazine.
Valerie's photographs are held in the collection of the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California; the Graham Nash Collection of Photography, Encino, California, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington,D.C.; and the Pinhole Resource Center, San Lorenzo, New Mexico.