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The Physical Image: Van Dyke Brown Workshop

Chadric Devin

Saturday, October 14 - 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Bradley University, Heuser Art Center, Room 300

The materials an artist uses in creating a work of art is as crucial to communicating an idea as the image or visual element being produced. Understanding an object's potential to convey or become embedded with meaning is a significant part of the creative process and helps an artist to articulate and ask more provocative questions. Throughout this workshop, students will learn the technical aspects of utilizing the Van Dyke brown printing solution to create photographs that act as both image and object.

Participants will explore this process by making works on various Japanese papers, surfaces that are as particular, finicky, and tenuous. Traditional Japanese papermaking utilizes three types of fibers from small trees that are native to Japan: Kozo, Mitsumata, and Gampi. Each has a significance, purpose, and connection to nature that helps to determine how and why they are used. Students will be able to feel, physically interact with, and manipulate paper samples and experience the versatility of non-Western materials in a way that engages a more sensual experience in making photographs.

Prior to the conference all participants will be asked to submit two digital images (4x5", 1500 px longest dimension, 240 dpi) that depict any subject matter they wish. Negatives will be made for them to use while making their own individual works to take home.

Limited to 8 participants. Workshops are first come, first served. Pending on available slots, you will be given the option to register for this workshop upon registering for the conference.

Handcrafted photography supplies generously provided by Bostick and Sullivan.


Chadric Devin
Chadric Devin

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