Topics:  art, gympie regional gallery, photography, silver gelatin print

Artists reconnect with darkroom

Artist Michael Morrison is exploring the multi-layered complexities of the human personality.
Artist Michael Morrison is exploring the multi-layered complexities of the human personality. Contributed

SILVER Gelatin Print is a group exhibition showcasing the artwork of 12 artists who are displaying the versatility and diversity of methods available when creating light sensitive works.

Officially opening at the Gympie Regional Gallery by Letece Oliver this Saturday at 1.30pm, each artist is igniting traditional processes of black and white photography that reconnects the audience to the darkroom.

Caroline Quarrell's image Wallflowers is a sample of a technique she developed during the last 1990s, while Eryn Begley's images relate to ritual, traditional, mystical and non-dogmatic spirituality in his series of portraits referencing The Last Supper.

Henri Van Noordenburg's work focuses on a canoeing trip he did in south west Estonia, in temperatures of -15 and Michael Morrison is exploring the multi-layered complexities of the human personality and variations of perceived identity.

Narelle Tobin has focused her enquiry on the simple beauty found in fruit, specifically a pear, while Richard Walker adds colour to his black and white prints using traditional techniques.

Working primarily with an SLR camera and film, the artists of Silver Gelatin Print are investigating and capturing traditional processes through photograms, liquid emulsion, toning, hand-colouring and film.

Sandra Hogan's abstract works are inspired by natural form, Sandra Ross is interested in the relationship between the human form and architectural space, Sandra Vardanega focuses her work on portraits, landscape and social commentary similarly Trevor Moore is interested in social and cultural 'laws' and Dr Victoria Garnos-Williams focuses on women's experiences.

Throughout the exhibition various size photographic papers and surfaces have been explored to heighten the required aesthetics.

Silver halide is sensitive to light and has been used to make black and white images for about the last 150 years or so.

Silver Gelatin Print offers historical and educational opportunities to revisit the fundamental approaches to the value of light and ways to develop imagery through understanding techniques that the artist has chosen to emulate.

The exhibition is curated by Karen Milder who is also showing photograms and the translucency found within familiar objects.

Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm, this exhibition will continue to be on view until May 21 at Gympie Regional Gallery 39 Nash St.



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