Here are the four Dr. Frangst cyanotypes going to Bowling Green for Fresh: Ohio. Maybe there will be a return of the return of Dr. Frangst. The series has spent enough time in storage and the 8×10 Burke and James camera needs a workout. Pink ceramic skull gift of Konsuela (Konni Carpenter).
Correction: The pink skull was actually made by Kristi Bogle (sister of Konsuela).
The two month residency in Boston is now in the rear view mirror and I am swamped with obligations that took a back seat to a very productive summer. I still hope to summarize the residency in an entry here before too many of the details are lost.
In the meantime, this wordpress blog is going to become a little less active as I work on the various printing, framing, and shipping tasks that have been waiting for me. In the meantime here are the excuses for my neglecting this blog
Wild Kingdom at Texas State University San Marcos School of Art and Design’s Gallery I from August 24th through September 2nd. Four cyanotypes from the close-up world of dr. frangst.
Fresh: Ohio at Bowling Green State University’s Willard Wankelmann Gallery from September 9th through October 7th. Three of the large scale Vandyke brown prints from from walking and four cyanotypes from the Return of Dr. Frangst.
ArtPrize 2011 at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids gallery, 38 West Fulton from Septmeber 21st through October 9th. Selections from from walking.
Sinclair Community College Faculty Show from September 6th – October 6th with an opening reception on September 15th. One anthotype Rose Red Pajama Pants made during the summer residency in Boston. Please visit Sinclair Community College’s Gallery website for more information.
Here is pants party number #2 which is an interesting creature. Part failure. Part discovery.
The yellow flowers I chose, Rudbeckia Hirta, surprised me. I had expected an image of a pair of pants in the bright yellow color of the flowers on a light ground. I got an image of pink pants with light folds and a medium density ground.The pigment faded to some degree and also changed color. There is also evidence of a negative image which is visible in the folds of the pajama pants and the less layered areas of the garment. The three areas of density are: the folds which are the least dense. The midtones which are mostly the bleached-away ground and the darkest areas which are the least layered areas of the pajama pants.
See the detail image below.
Last night I did a bit of art documentation including a painting by Bridgette and lots of the anthotypes from the residency. Here is one of the more successful pants anthotypes made using rose petal emulsion on Arches Cover. The exposure was about 13 days (it came down on August 17th, a day before I left Boston).
Male art (I used ken doll bathrobe) or, more accurately, mail art is a fitting end to the residency. As part of an exchange with friends left back mostly in Ohio, I promised handmade postcards if they put together a mixed CD of what they were listening to. I got beautiful compilations from Dayton, Columbus and Baltimore which went a long way to making the tedious task of grinding plant pigments or meticulously washing Vandyke Brown prints more pleasant. I was at a loss for ideas. What should I send my DJ’s back in return for their contribution. Initially the postcards were going to be small Vandyke Brown prints, then it became anthotypes, and then I just ran out of time and good sunny days with which to expose. Artists don’t solve problems, they make them and sometimes, if they are lucky, they get someone else to solve the problem.
I sent my three collaborators a rose petal emulsion coated piece of Arches Cover covered by taped on transparency of an image appropriated from an Ebay auction. The image is a Ken doll bathrobe (in keeping with my somnambulist theme).
The mail art cards are a work in progress to be completed by the three recipients. They all need a little bit more exposure before the transparency is separated from the anthotype coated paper. Maybe another week in a sunlit window. Perhaps one or more of the three recipients will elect to not put the anthos in the window and not separate the transparency from the paper. They could be done, after all isn’t completion is in the eyes of the receiver?
Tonight, I came across a promotional video for last January’s exhibition of portrait work curated by Kay Koeninger, Here’s Looking at You: Portraits in Ohio, at the Riffe Gallery. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZqIdWlFElU to see it. Once the website for the Ohio Channel uploads Dan Shellenbarger’s interviews of the artists, I will post a link here.
Last night Bridgette and I got back into the big D (Dayton) after an art pickup detour in Columbus. It’s all a blur from trying to get onto I-90 from the Fenway in Boston (my rudimentary navigating skills) to finding a motel in Bath, NY to the truck accident traffic 90 miles north of Columbus. We did get a chance today to visit the members show at DVAC on its last day. David Crowell’s framing of “Apple” looked fantabulous especially the cream color of the support to which he floated the image. If I didn’t say it before, I wouldn’t have been in that exhibition if it hadn’t been for the dogged effort of Bridgette convincing me to enter a piece, taking it to Custom Frame Services, and carting it over to DVAC (twice).
A couple of days ago I hinted at a discussion of the grass anthotypes or a least some better images of the two I made. I still need to properly light and document these pieces but below are the initial attempts at documentation.
The first image is the grass emulsion brushed onto a cold press, heavy weight paper from Marco’s dollar annex. I did push the exposure a bit far so it really reads as a ghost of an image, more drawing than photograph. The anthotype is of a Victorian sleeping dress.
Green Grass Emulsion and Victorian Sleeping Dress
The second grass anthotype was made by pressing wet clumps of grass (poultice) onto the paper. It is a contemporary mens’ pajama top.
Green Grass Poultice and Men's Pajama Top
Tomorrow, or rather today, is the last day of the residency. The four artists are scheduled for an exhibition (one day only) and reception from 4-7 pm on the fourth floor of the Administration building. I am showing five of the anthotypes including two of the grass emulsions which turned out very different from each other. I will elaborate in a post later this week, time permitting. In the meantime, here is a tease for the exhibition tomorrow: the rose and grass anthotype next to each other. Looking at all of the anthotypes on the wall, it is a family affair and they all are somnambulists.
rose petal and grass anthotypes
First frame of the portrait session with Sasha Ndam.
Fewer days remain of the residency, especially studio days. Today, tomorrow, then clean up and pick up Bridgette (Bogle) from the airport. After that, except for the Emmanuel College Artist in Residence Exhibit on Tuesday, I will be a Beantown tourist.
Monday I was in assistant mode. I worked with Darien Johnson on a project in which transparencies are viewed simultaneously to deconstruct and construct the image for the viewer depending on where they stand to look. That was early afternoon. Later that day I met up with Sasha Ndam who is a student in Cynthia Fowler’s Contemporary Art and Artistic Practice class. She asked me to help her create a portrait of herself in Vandyke Brown. Except for the camera and Photoshop work Sasha chose the image and did all of the chemistry work herself. This in effect makes Sasha a new Kallitypist (vandyke brown is one of the kallitype processes). I was what could be described as her historical photographic processes consultant. In my dealing with the students in Cynthia’s course, Sasha has seemed the most engaged with what the four of us artists in residence are doing (she asks good questions). Look below for an example of her work.
Sasha's Vandyke Brown Print for her class here at Emmanuel