Los Angeles artists Alan Kornfeld, an award winning black and white film photographer, and Susan Berkowitz, who utilizes, primarily, Polaroid emulsion lift off transfers in her creative process, come together for the first photographic exhibition at Two Roads Gallery with Shades of Gray.
By using the Polaroid emulsion lift off process, Berkowitz states, “Each of the assemblages are constructed by hand, then photographed with 35mm slide film. I am able to manipulate and layer each sheet of film. This allows for movement to occur within each image to further help the viewer develop an intimate relationship with each photograph.” Each is a one of a kind creation.
Kornfeld’s photographs capture moments that are immediately accessible to the curiously disconnected. “Film and silver gelatin paper result in prints that have a life and luminosity that isn't present in digital prints. Every silver print is unique. Using film and silver gelatin paper connects me with photography's past -- up to and including the earliest photographic pioneers of the mid 19th century. Call me a dinosaur, but I like that connection,” says Kornfeld.
Through Shades of Gray, each artist presents a series of works that explore life’s subtle and not-so-subtle ambiguities, whether it is on the streets of Cuba or the confinements of a corset in the name of fashion.
Shades of Gray opens Sunday, June 29th at Two Roads Gallery, and closes August 3. An artists’ reception will be held that evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Hours are by appointment.