“Mirror with a Memory: Alternative Process Photography in the 21st Century
Curated by Brett Henrikson
Exhibit: October 20 – November 12, 2016
Opening reception: October 20, 2016 from 5 to 9pm (Gallery Night Providence)
Mirror with a Memory is a show of works by the artists and craftsman who had taken back the chemical and physical qualities of the photographic medium. Photography as a medium has always been driven by the needs of the consumer, pushing companies to change to the medium to make their products faster, cheaper & easier. These changes were rarely dictated by the wants or demands of the artist, but for monetary concerns. Since the rise of digital imaging there has been a push back from a new generation of photographers that seek a tangible object; something that can be held, touched & treasured. We live in a flood of imagery, from Instagram feeds to Facebook, and most of us have come to fully embrace our cellphone screens as our primary means of grasping at the fleeting image; pressing “like” and letting it pass us by. These immaterial encounters with the digital have changed fine art photography for better or worse; the medium has shifted our consciousness from the print and to the screen. Never more has the physical photographic object stood out from the rest of the medium and declared itself art.