PENUMBRA ARTIST SERIES SPRING 2018
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 | 7:00PM
Alison Rossiter has worked with the materials and processes of light sensitive gelatin silver based photography since 1970. She studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. The darkroom is essential to her work with traditional methods of established processes. In 2003 observation into the field of photograph conservation as a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art led to a profound appreciation of the history of photographic materials. She has studios in New York and New Jersey.
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 | 7:00PM
Theresa Ganz was born in New York City. She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo-based collage, installation and video. Her work has shown nationally and internationally at, among others, The Datz Museum of Art in Korea, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Bell Gallery at Brown University, San Francisco CameraWork and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and at various commercial spaces in New York and San Francisco. Her work was included in the 2016 DeCordova Biennial. Her work has also been featured and reviewed in publications including ArtForum, Mousse Magazine, Outpost Journal and Magazine Gitz. She was the 2015 winner of the ArtSlant Prize. Her work is the collections of Providence College and the RISD Museum. She will have site specific multimedia installation opening at Smack Mellon in New York in 2018 and another installation that will be travelling to various institutions in 2017 and 2018. She is a founding member and director at Regina Rex in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she is faculty at Brown University.
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 | 7:00PM
James Welling was born in Hartford, CT, in 1951. Welling studied drawing at Carnegie Mellon University and video at the California Institute of the Arts. Welling's is a photographer best known for his photographs of everyday materials such as phyllo dough and aluminum foil. Welling's never formally studied photography, he set up a darkroom in 1976 and began learning about printing and developing with a series of architectural photographs of Los Angeles, CA. He emerged in the 1970s as an artist for whom photographic norms and the representational field itself were and remain contested and problematized. In 1985, Welling received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His work is currently held in several collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 | 7:00PM
Chuck Kelton makes chemograms and photograms inside the darkroom; transforming light, chemistry and paper into abstract landscapes. Both chemograms and photograms are made without the use of cameras or negatives, rendering each print entirely unique. The image in a photogram is the result of exposing photographic paper to light—writing with light. Whereas the image in a chemogram is the outcome of exposing photographic paper to developer and fixer—writing with chemistry. Kelton's gold chloride and selenium toned chemograms coax a surprising palette of fiery oranges and lush violets from gelatin silver paper. In a smaller suite of work, Kelton combines chemogram and photogram techniques; the shift marked with a cracked, folded horizon line separating swirling tones from smooth, matte black. Kelton's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications and is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Bibliothéque nationale de France; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; International Center of Photography, New York; and New York Public Library. The artist lives and works in Jersey City, NJ.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2017 | 7:00PM
IN Conversation: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa & Steffani Jemison
Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer, and former editor of the contemporary photography website The Great Leap Sideways (2011—2017). He has contributed essays to catalogues and monographs by Vanessa Winship, George Georgiou, Marton Perlaki and Paul Graham, been an artist-in-residence at Light Work, guest edited the Aperture Photobook Review, and written for Aperture, FOAM magazine and The Photographer’s Gallery. He has lectured at Yale, Cornell and The New School, and is a faculty member in the photography department at Purchase College, SUNY.
Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including MASS MoCA, Western Front, Nottingham Contemporary, Jeu de Paume, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Drawing Center, LAXART, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and others. Her work is in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Kadist. Jemison has completed many artist residencies and fellowships, including the Rauschenberg Residency, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the Studio Museum in Harlem AIR, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Jemison was born in Berkeley, California, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is the 2017-2018 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Thursday, April 5th, 2018 | 7:00PM
Binh Danh emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war —work that deals with “mortality, memory, history, landscape, justice, evidence, and spirituality.” His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials. A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year. His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The DeYoung Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the George Eastman Museum, and many others. He currently is a professor of photography at Arizona State University.
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