GREENHILL HIGHLIGHTS NINE NORTH CAROLINA PHOTGRAPHERS WITH ANALOG PROCESSES
(Greensboro) GreenHill is thrilled to present photography by nine North Carolina artists in an exhibition entitled Analog. The work is on view at GreenHill from August 3 – November 4, 2018. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM; and a collectors’ talk on Thursday, August 30 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Admission is free to view and open to the public. All artworks are available for purchase.
Artists on view are Signe Ballew, Diana H. Bloomfield, Courtney Johnson, Michael Keaveney, Holden Richards, Dale Rio, elin o’Hara slavick, and Joshua White. Using traditional, analog, and alternative process photography, the artworks in this exhibition capture fleeting moments out of time and space. Kallitypes, cyanotypes, Polaroids, and lumen prints are some of the mediums used by these North Carolina photographers exploring the field of photography, both in subject matter and process.
The ghostly scenes of abandoned Americana captured on film in Dale Rio’s series Forgotten 66 seem to melt into the landscape as they are overtaken by creeping vines and obscured by decades of dust. “I want to make the invisible visible,” explains elin o’Hara slavick of her series After Hiroshima, also on view in Analog. This series of photographs document artifacts of the A-bomb with cyanotypes, rubbings, and silver gelatin prints.
Diana H. Bloomfield and Holden Richards reflect the history of photographic processes in their work. Bloomfield’s photos of irises are each a tri-color gum dichromate over cyanotype, processes which both originate from the mid-1800’s. “The repeated layering and … mis-registration of the gum dichromate process, in particular, remove all the hard and clearly defined edges, resulting in softness and ambiguity—much the way we see and remember,” she says. Richards’ kallitypes of the wilderness near his home in Hillsborough are created using vintage large and medium format film cameras. He says, “using large 19th century plate film camera creates a need for going slow for being intentional.”
Michael Keaveney’s experimental photo-collages question the very nature and purpose of photography itself. “[Photographs] assume the role of truth teller… representing events and replacing memory,” explains Keaveney. He sands away the surface of his assemblages of found c-print photographs, which “abstracts the pre-existing image while pulling out the embedded colors and paper that are hidden underneath the surface.” Likewise, Signe Ballew turns photographs into objects by layering a wispy Polaroid transfer onto hand-blown glass discs.
Courtney Johnson’s series, Salt, uses salt water from the bodies of water she photographs to produce dreamy, pink and brown hued, salted paper prints. She says, “one particularly beautiful effect of the unusual hyper salinity in this process is the accumulation of salt on the finished images, which sparkles in the light.” Joshua White speaks about the “magic” of lumen prints: “I often print in the same sunlight that shines on my subjects, allowing me to observe the quiet processes that surround us every day, deepening my understanding of our communion with nature.”
On Thursday, August 30 from 6:00-7:00 PM GreenHill will host a lecture entitled “Collecting Photography with Frank Konhaus.” Frank Konhaus, Director of Cassilhaus and the Cassilhaus Collection, will cover the why, what, and how of collecting fine art photography. He will explore the motivations and mechanics of collecting as well as documentation of your collection. No prior experience required – just a love of photography. Free and open to the public.
GreenHill is located in the Greensboro Cultural Center in Downtown Greensboro. Regular hours are Tues-Friday 12:00 – 7:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 PM and Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Parking available in the Church and Davie Street Parking decks. Gallery admission is free. For more information about Analog visit GreenHillNC.org/Analog.
GreenHill, located in Downtown Greensboro, is a nonprofit visual art center with the vital mission to support and advocate for the art and artists of our home state, North Carolina. At GreenHill professional artists have meaningful opportunities throughout their careers to participate in a wide range of exhibitions. We provide economic support to artists through the sale of their art in our world-class galleries. Novice artists, from toddlers and young students to lifelong learners, can learn and stretch their creative muscles through our studio-based educational programs. Tap into your creative side by making art, purchasing original works of art and viewing exhibitions that inspire and pique your imagination. At GreenHill there is something for everyone. Learn more at GreenHillNC.org.