Mirror with a Memory is an exhibit of works by the artists and craftsmen who have taken back the chemical and physical qualities of the photographic medium. Photography as a medium has always been driven by the needs of the consumer, pushing companies to change to the medium to make their products faster, cheaper, and easier. These changes were rarely dictated by the wants or demands of the artist, but for monetary concerns. Since the rise of digital imaging, there has been a push back from a new generation of photographers that seek a tangible object; something that can be held, touched, and treasured.
We live in a flood of imagery, from Instagram feeds to Facebook, and most of us have come to fully embrace our cellphone screens as our primary means of grasping at the fleeting image; pressing “like” and letting it pass us by. These immaterial encounters with the digital have changed fine art photography for better or worse; the medium has shifted our consciousness from the print and to the screen. Never more has the physical photographic object stood out from the rest of the medium and declared itself art. Mirror with a Memory is a half juried, half curated show that features the works of established and emerging artists.
All of the artists in the exhibit utilized an alternative photographic component including Wet Plate Collodion, Experimental C-Prints, Manipulated Polaroids, Cyanotype, Vandyke, Albumen, Platinum, Digital-Alt Hybrids, 3D Works, Salt Prints, Encaustic, Experimental Silver Prints, and more.
About the Curator, Brett Henrikson: As an artist-photographer, Brett is strongly based in the craft and alchemy of the process. He believes that the hands-on aspects of working in the darkroom and large format gives the artist a real sense of physical creation over their work. His main body of work “Chaotic Forms” uses the physicality of the photographic object in a new and unconventional way, as he creates large collodion contact prints from multiple cut geometric glass negatives. Henrikson has shown his work in galleries nationally as well as given numerous wet plate collodion demonstrations at institutions like RISD, AS220, the New England Archivist Symposium, and the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. Learn the History, Art & Process of Wet Plate Collodion Photography with Instructor Brett Henrikson, October 22-23, 2016. The workshop at Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery coincides with the “Mirror with a Memory” exhibit.
Register for Upcoming Workshops
Photographers Learn to “See Like a Camera”, with Instructor David H. Wells on a Train Excursion Through the Blackstone Valley, October 22-23, 2016
Learn the History, Art & Process of Wet Plate Collodion Photography with Instructor Brett Henrikson, October 22-23, 2016
About Peter Miller Fine Art Photography Gallery: PMFA opened in March 2015 in Providence, dedicated to fine art photography. Located in the Russell house (built in 1772) in downtown Providence at 118 North Main Street, 2nd floor. The gallery is open by appointment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (401) 225-6792 with any questions. Visit the gallery online. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.