A year ago
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. Morning 4th & King #3, Acrylic photo image transfer on duralar
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.
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