Among the photographers, there is an emphasis on one-of-a-kind photography and many of the artists working in other media draw on or allude to photographic traditions. Von Lintel Gallery produces illustrated catalogues in conjunction with many exhibitions and has attracted a high level of critical success as well as a devoted following of collectors. In part of the AIPAD Photography Show 2015, the gallery selected for us three prints by Klea McKenna, Farrah Karapetian and Izima Kaoru.
1. Klea McKenna Rain Study (Puna) 8 2014 Photogram of rain on gelatin silver fiber paper 24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm) Unique
Klea McKenna’s unique photograms of rain were made during a trip to Hawaii, where the artist spent an early childhood living off-the-grid. She used the dark of night as her make-shift darkroom; devising innovative ways to imprint her surroundings using light-sensitive materials; transforming familiar elements into abstractions of light and form.
2. Farrah Karapetian Cymbalscape XXI 2015 Chromogenic photogram from constructed negative, metallic 24 x 16 inches (61.0 x 40.6 cm) Unique
Farrah Karapetian’s camera-less practice borrows from the memories of her subjects and engages those subjects in the process of the ir own representation using handmade transparent props that she terms, “constructed negatives.” Her recent series, Stagecraft, draws parallels between the performative nature of her process and staged musical performance and sound. Usually the photogram makes a very flat space, a silhouette against a field of color, but Karapetian is interested here in persuading movement and volume from the picture plane. In this setting, the rhythms of object and shadow on paper translate into wavelengths of musical sound; reflection easily interpreted as reverberation
3. Izima Kaoru Sentosa, Singapore (One Sun) 2006 C-print with acrylic diasec 47 inch (119.4 cm) [diameter] AP
Japanese photographer, Izima Kaoru approached landscape by tilting his camera towards the sky, using a fish-eye lens and day-long exposure to track the trajectory of the sun from sunrise to sunset in different cities around the world.
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