Bonny Lhotka Robert Buelteman
Karalee Kuchar Zelda Zinn
Emma Powell Sally Stockhold
Jean Albus Anne Arden McDonald
Jim Gmeiner Julie Anand
Opening: Friday, March 10, 2017, 5-9 pm
First Friday Reception: April 7, 2017, 5-8pm
On view through April 28, 2017
Photography is 190 years young, and there is still much unexplored terrain. The artists featured in this exhibition for Denver’s Month in Photography raise some interesting questions about what photography can be. From the earliest experiments and methods, to post-process inclusions, to developing entirely original printing methods,
these artists are directly manipulating photographic ingredients to push boundaries and create innovative, far-reaching concepts that help to define the broad range of photography today.
This exhibit is juried and curated by Bobbi Walker of Walker Fine Art and Patti Hallock of the Society for Photographic Education.
Bonny Lhotka has been mixing photography with traditional and digital media for 25 years. Most recently, she has been working with a UV pigment printer to image photographs on aluminum. This is an alternative photographic process that she developed and has not been used by anyone else. Bonny will be displaying this process in a tiled installation of organic elements.
Robert Buelteman uses neither camera, nor lens, nor digital appliances; his technique has more in common with Chinese ink brush painting and improvisational jazz than with the traditions of photography. For him, the arduous process of imaging is a spiritual practice, and like every brush stroke or note played, each application of light cannot be rehearsed or undone.
Karalee Kuchar uses images of motion to help us experience a duration of time that would otherwise be invisible to the unaided eye. She lays this map of time out in a panoramic scheme to allow the viewer to understand.
Zelda Zinn developed her newest series from thinking about the earliest experiments in light, optics, and the fixed image. By building a light source and using a blade to slice through the overlaying paper, she returns to those fundamental elements of photography, but from a post-analog perspective. The resulting image can be best described as digital photograms.
Emma Powell has created a photographic fairy tale about the journey of a character and the world she inhabits. Svala’s Saga is printed using the historic palladium process coated over a digital/pigment under-print. This hybrid technique evokes hand-colored or painted photographs.
Sally Stockhold has created a new series, “The Kitchen Sink Chronicles”, depicting abstracted renditions of her daughter’s dirty dishes as a beautiful mess. The photographs are printed with archival color ink on watercolor paper, and then enhanced by hand with colored pencils, pastels & watercolors.
Jean Albus’ theme of her installation and accompanying photography pieces is homage; an attempt to honor and describe the indescribable using alternative photographic processes and mixed media. Her work references her personal experience to, and honor of, nature.
Anne Arden McDonald has been experimenting with different ways of generating an image on photographic paper for years. Using well-known processes like the photogram, she invented other ways of producing images without using a negative, creating camera-less photographs with introduction of certain chemistries on silver gelatin paper.
Jim Gmeimer creates enclosed studio arrangements to photograph suspended, balanced arrangements of Stargazer Lillies. The flower and leafs are photographed as multiple exposures in numbers of 20-40, and then merged together to create a final image.
Julie Anand is intrigued by the way that satellites mark space and have become markers of time. She photographs Cold War ruins from an elevated perspective, and then maps the specific satellites present in the sky at each site at the moment of photographing using a satellite tracking application. She then merges the multi-layered tracings of these mappings into the appropriate photograph to give visual weight to the density of what is imperceptible miles above us.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017, 5-9 pm at the gallery in the Prado building on 11th & Cherokee Streets in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. The reception is free and open to the public, and the artists will be in attendance.