Camel Art Space presents Photogenic: An investigation into current photogram practices, featuring Brian Buckley, Millie Falcaro, Bryan Graf, Jeffrey Rothstein, Drew Wiedemann and curated by James Isherwood.
Photogenic is an investigation of current photogram practitioners and their efforts to mine the alchemical and physical roots of the medium. By getting back to basics, the artists delve into the mysteries and magic of core photographic principles that generated their original fascination with image making. The photogram demands their physical presence as well as that of man-made and natural elements.Process and approach are dominant. Chance and mistakes play major roles in refining and integrating the creative act. This witch’s brew forms the catalyst for inhabiting the visceral experience created by the artists. They are seekers of beauty and tragedy, poetics and higher meaning,all within the boundaries of the photogram.
A photogram is the immediate result of a constellation of light,three dimensional objects and photosensitive material.The image results from the process of light-bending or refraction caused by the placement of the objects themselves. A source of light can be used as well as invisible waves such as microwaves,infrared light and x-rays. Due to its immediacy,its quality as index caused by potential contact and physical distance relationships,the photogram imparts more to imprint techniques and the phenomena of shadow. -J.Isherwood