Schroeder Romero is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new photograms and cyanotypes by Wendy Small. This exhibition is comprised of three recent bodies of work:Coming in for the Kiss, Morning Glory and Gun Running.
Wendy Small's works are made by placing objects directly onto photo paper, exposing them to light and then removing the objects. The final product is a unique photogram or cameraless photograph. The process of shining light on the objects results in glowing lines and overlapping translucent forms. The artist further enhances these qualities by her use of various colored papers or by toning techniques. The use of plastic and artificial objects in all of Small's photograms confounds or confronts what looks real.
In the Coming in for the Kiss series, Small has created romantic scenes where birds couple and dodge through gardens resembling the style of scenic 18th century French wallpaper.
The Morning Glory series of photograms shows what look like fields of flowers or an undersea array of anemones, but the objects Small used to create these fields are actually brightly colored "French tickler" condoms. The use of these condoms celebrates the resilience of sexuality in safe playing fields.
In the Gun Running series Small placed children's water pistols onto the photo paper. The resulting images resemble x-rays of real guns and are shown together with found snapshots of children playing with similar toys.
Small's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and Europe and is in several public collections including the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington and The James Hotel in Chicago. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.