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Preview: Littoral Drift, Meghann Riepenhoff, Yossi Milo Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Image via Yossi Milo Gallery

Far too often people limit their imaginations to what is conventional.That’s why the art world is so wonderful – thinking about new ways to solve and create is expected. Cyanotypes are a perfect example in photography. Historically used for low cost blueprints for engineers, the experiments of photographer Meghann Riepenhoff are anything but the norm.

 

Works from Riepenhoff’s series, Littoral Drift (2013–ongoing), are large-scale dynamic cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape. Rather than photographing a scene with film and camera, the artist takes direct imprints from nature. After coating sheets of paper with homemade cyanotype emulsion, she exposes them to the elements, partially submerging them in ocean waves, draping them over a tree branch during a rainstorm or burying them in snow pack. Water, sunlight and sediments, such as sand, salt, detritus and impurities, activate the photosensitive chemicals to create fluid, painterly abstractions of the landscape in Prussian blue or white. The prints’ titles indicate the location, date and conditions under which they were made, anchoring each in a specific moment in time and underscoring the performative aspect of the series.

Riepenhoff only partially fixes her cyanotypes, leaving residual photosensitive chemistry to react to light and the environment. A print’s colors may fluctuate in intensity or salt crystals may bloom on the surface of the paper, subtly changing the artwork over time. The shifting qualities of these “living” prints are both a desirable aesthetic outcome and reflect themes of impermanence, time and mutability that are consistent throughout Riepenhoff’s work.

Meghann Riepenhoff’s work has been presented in exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN; University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico; Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, among others. Riepenhoff earned her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens, and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. The artist was born in 1979 in Atlanta, GA, and currently divides her time between Bainbridge Island, WA, and San Francisco, CA.

Littoral Drift is now open for view until April 29, 2017.

For More Information: Yossi Milo Gallery

Notable: Oliver Klink Featured on FeatureShoot

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Image by Oliver Klink

Image by Oliver Klink

Our friend Oliver Klink has been traveling the world and photographing its people and nuances. The results are some stunning travel photographs.

Oliver’s work has been published with National Geographic, Days of Japan, Black & White magazine, Popular Photography magazine, among others. In 2016, he was selected as Critical Mass Top 50 fine art photographer, “Best of the best” emerging fine art photographer by BWGallerist, and received People’s Choice award from Black and White Magazine single image contest. In 2014, his image “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photo contest. In 2013, “The Great Migration” was selected as the Grand Prize winner at the 30th anniversary Spring Show Exhibit at the PhotoCentral Gallery in Hayward, CA. Other awards have included the Mike Ivanitsky award for photographic excellence (2009) and nominations at the prestigious Black & White Spider Award (2010-2016).

Recently, Klink’s work was covered by Eva Clifford of FeatureShoot.com. The article highlights how Klink has been able to preserve aspects of culture in photographs before they disappear altogether. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

By spending time with the local people, Klink was able to discover places which still manage to hold onto their traditions, and are, as of yet, unchanged. Yet, even in these remote regions, he still witnessed how modernization was beginning to seep in, bringing with it new technology and Western clothing. Although the influx of new technology does bring with it practical convenience, Klink found the elderly (especially) were reluctant to part with their traditional items, but were soon forced to let go. And early on, while people did not believe in devices such as mobile phones, Klink points out that they have now incorporated them into their daily lives in order to keep track of time and communicate with family members, who have moved to urban areas. “Living quarters are the biggest challenge,” says Klink, as “apartment buildings are growing like mushrooms to lure locals to have a better life.”

Check our FeatureShoot’s article and then keep an eye out for Klink in exhibitions this year. Most recently an exhibit concluded on February 23rd at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, CA.

For More Information: Oliver Klink

Preview: Conversations with the Dead, Danny Lyon, Scott Nichols Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Gallery on March 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

Cotton Picker; Ten Years, Robbery and Assault

Scott Nichols is currently holding a very special exhibition featuring the work of Danny Lyon’s, “Conversations with the Dead.”

In the 1960’s, photographer Danny Lyon explored the penitentiary system in Texas. Over the course of Lyon’s time exploring the penal system, he ingratiated himself within the culture and befriended more than one individual.

At the time of his project, Lyon had already made a name for himself as a Magnum photographer and the creator of what was dubbed “New Journalism”- spending months with only a small number of subject to create detailed extensive photo-documentaries. Previous projects included a long-term project covering the Outlaws, a notorious biker gang. 

The extensive work involved in the project is powerful to say the least. For those interested in viewing Conversations with the Dead at Scott Nichols gallery, the exhibition will be available until March 18th.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery