In our modern era of digital cameras and post-processing software we document moments, experiences, connections with such a rapid frequency that we lose the sense of uniqueness that comes with traditional, chemical photography. With the recent resurgence of historical and alternative processes, such as cyanotypes, Lumen prints, platinum/palladium prints, gum bichromates, we once again are challenged to open our minds and truly expand the idea of what a photograph can be.
Processing Narratives explores alternative process photography through the one-of-a-kind works of four contemporary artists. Heidi Kirkpatrick, Marcy Palmer, Mariana Pereira Vieira, and Melanie Walker each use hands-on methods and diverse materials that both reflect early photographic history while furthering our understanding of the medium. They create singular images that record themes of family, history, love, and loss. Their works make a tangible connection to a changing world by imprinting subjects within the photographic object, incorporating physical touch, texture, and light-sensitivity. Each of these artists present us with artworks that depend upon direct contact as much as what appears in the image. We invite you to consider not only the beauty of these pieces, but the conditions and intentions that brought them into production.
Come see the exhibition on Saturday, October 9th between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
On Wednesday, October 20th at 6:00 pm (MST) a Zoom panel discussion with all four artists will take place. Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director and Curator of the exhibition, will be moderating.
The exhibition can be viewed during normal gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 5pm and Saturday, Noon - 4pm.
Image Credit: Detail of "New Normal #2" by Mariana Pereira Vieira