Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology

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Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology

560 South First Street
95113 San Jose

July 17th, 2010 - September 19th, 2010
Opening: July 16th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat-Sun 12-5; Closed Mon
free admission


Opening in July 2010 at running through September 19 at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), are four exhilarating exhibitions that expose, capture and celebrate the art of collaboration, participation, experimentation, and manipulation of old and new technologies and mediums in art, construction and photography.  

Bernie Lubell:  Conservation of Intimacy opening on July 3 in the Main Gallery, is an immersive sculptural installation presented in partnership with the O1SJ Biennial Art and Technology Festival (September 16 – 19). Exposed: Yesterday’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology opens on July 17 in the Focus Gallery.  Inspired by the rich history and alchemic experimentation of obsolete photographic practices, the artists in this exhibition create images using antiquated photographic methods, creating works that range from daguerreotypes to tintypes, gum prints to cyanotypes.  Captured: Photography’s Early Adopters also opening on July 17 in the Cardinale Project Room is an exhibition of vintage prints from the collection of San Francisco gallerist Stephen Wirtz.  Also opening in July in the ICA’s Lounge, Liz Steketee: Reconstructed Memories – a unique print series that uses the artist’s personal family photographs to rewrite history from her  vantage point. An Opening Reception celebrating the works and artists in these exhibitions will be held on Friday, July 16, from 6-8pm at the ICA.

Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology in the Focus Gallery

An exhibition that celebrates the art of collaboration and manipulation of old and new technologies in photography.

The introduction of the digital camera over 20 years ago revolutionized photography. For novices and professionals alike, the computer has replaced the darkroom in the 21st century. However, even with the sophisticated advances of the digital age, a growing number of artists are embracing 19th century photographic technologies to make their work.

Paradoxically, technology has greatly contributed to the enthusiasm, interest and renewal of antiquated photographic processes.  Many artists utilize digital tools along with historic practices to make hybrid works.

Digital printing enables artists to create large negatives for contact printing and play with scale in ways that  were previously  unavailable.  Active online communities provide a forum to share recipes and practices.

Part chemist, artist, historian and experimentalist, the photographers in this show share an interest in utilizing old technology to create new imagery.  Exhibiting artists include: Stephen Berkman, Linda Connor, Binh Danh, Nathaniel Gibbons, Joy Goldkind, Andreas Hablutzel, Rachel Heath, Robin Hill, Kerik Kouklis, Chirs McCaw, Beth Moon, Ben Nixon, Ron Moultrie Saunders, Michael  Shindler, and Brian Taylor.