Studio Sixty Six

THRĒO PROCESSES

Posted on June 28, 2019

Our present exhibition THRĒO, features MaryAnn Camps, Barbara Brown & Angelina McCormick

Studio Sixty Six is excited to introduce you to three Ottawa, women artists who all work with photo-based processes in innovative ways. Here we provide you with a brief explanation of each artist's technical process used to create these exciting and provocative artworks. 

MARYANNE CAMPS


MaryAnne Camps. Morning 4th & King #3, Acrylic photo image transfer on duralar

In MaryAnn’s work the acrylic transfer captures time unstopped. The monoprints in this body of work are made by manually transferring laser printed photographs to Duralar, a dimensionally stable and archival translucent polyester film. The laser toner transfers into an acrylic medium 
on the plastic film, after which the layers of paper are carefully peeled and then completely rubbed off. The resulting image is akin to the subject of the work; the tears and marks left by the transfer process provokes an experience rather than a freezing of these morning commutes of the subjects captured. The imperfections become a patina integral to the work.

 

BARBARA BROWN


Barbara Brown. Oriental Poppy, Archival pigment print on cotton rag

One would imagine the studio of Barbara Brown to resemble that of a botanist. Something more along the lines of scientist become artist. But of course, the sciences and arts are not as distant as people think. The intense fascination with the most minute details, and the need to pull something apart–the need to understand it– lies at the core of both disciplines.

Barbara Brown’s process begins with observation in the garden. At a particular moment when the sun is at a low angle, either at dawn or dusk, leaves and flowers are illuminated from behind causing a particularly stunning moment. Having seen and experienced this in the garden, Brown is intent on recreating this effect by backlighting the plants she works with. Using a light table, Brown creates the composition and photographs it from above.

ANGELINE MCCORMICK

Angelina McCormick. Italia No.7, Inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Natural

In McCormicks blurred photographs of curious landscapes and still lifes the living quality of McCormicks subjects are amplified. The hand of the artist is omnipresent in her work, giving life to living dreams and hybrid creatures.

McCormick built a medium format film pinhole camera to capture the moments of life in Italy that collided with scenes from her past. With a pinhole camera the photographer must manually remove the material (the shutter) they have used to cover the pinhole (the lens.) The results cannot be reduced to a technical or mechanical method. The need to hold still for an entire minute to capture these photos and lack of viewfinder means that McCormick could not see what she was photographing, giving her permission to take in the moment and capture an experience at the same time.


Angelina McCormick. Chemigram Landscape No. 1, Inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Natural

Chemigrams are a process that uses the darkroom chemicals to paint on photographic paper. Resist, developer, stop, and fix are painted on with brushes in the light, pushing and pulling the chemicals to create movement, staining the paper as the contrast of chemistries both initiate and then stop the development. With the particular paper used in this process, McCormick cannot permanently fix the silver gelatin paper and protect the colours so they are scanned and then reprinted to preserve them.

Show Runs: June 14 - July 28


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Studio Sixty Six is a contemporary art gallery devoted to showcasing unique, thought-provoking Canadian art located at 858 Bank Street, Suite 101, in the Glebe. This is our official blog, where we share what's happening at the gallery, as well as in the broader fine art and design communities of Ottawa.

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