By Kristina Nazarevskaia
At this point you should be well-familiar with photograms. From our very first interview with Adam Fuss where he explained his process of placing biological objects (live snakes, rabbit intestines, etc.) directly onto large-scale photo-sensitive paper to create colorful chemical reactions, to Alisson Rossiter and her Richard Serra-inspired monochromes, to Man Ray and some of the first ever experimentations with camera-less photography. This year’s AIPAD Photography Show in New York is full of works by contemporary artists who are further exploring the surfaces and the techniques of this timeless process.
Von Lintel Gallery, now based in Los Angeles, is showing several amazing photograms by a California-based artist Farrah Karapetian who used ice to create her abstractions. The images, titled Slips were really experiments, initially created for an installation titled Rock, Paper, Scissors at the California-Pacific Triennial and shown at the Orange County Museum of Art.
As the ice cubes began to melt, this shift from a solid state into a liquid one, this “swishing revolt” as she called it, was the “happy material accident” the artist was ready to accept. The images that eventually made it into the present series were the ones that she “could learn from and ones that could hold their page compositionally.” Naturally drawn to warm colors I asked about the origin of the glowing ochres in several of the images. How did she achieve this color? It turned out that the inspiration came from the Anasazi ruins located in southern Nevada, Utah and Colorado. She called the color “Anasazi Gold.”
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