I have been submitting the work to various exhibitions to get it in front of specific curators and for the images to have a presence in the world beyond my studio.
I am happy to announce that the work has won some awards and will be shown in a couple more upcoming exhibitions this summer.
(Between the Cliff-rise and the Beach, 2011 ©erin malone)
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The image Anchors Dragged Through Faithless Sand has received an honorable mention.
The entire portfolio has received a Merit Award and will be featured in a 2 page spread in the August #92 issue, available on newsstands May 29th.
Plastic Fantastic at Lightbox Photographic Gallery
The images Between the Cliff-rise and the Beach and Something Still Remains Undone have been selected by juror Susan Burnstine to be in the group show at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria Oregon.
The show runs June 9, 2012 - July 7, 2012.
WaterWorks, a BAPC exhibition at Arc Studio and Gallery
Several images have been selected by curator Ed Carey to be part of the upcoming BAPC (Bay Area Photographers Collective) exhibition at Arc Studios and Gallery in San Francisco this summer.
The show runs from July 7, 2012 through July 28th 2012.
Opening reception July 7, 2012.
Spread the word about the project, tell your friends about the shows and if possible I hope to see you at an opening or two this summer.
The photogravure project is one of the first photo projects I have done that has required me to go outside my comfort zone and admit I need collaborators in order to make the vision a reality.
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working with Unai San Martin to do the printing. Some of the others involved include Jennifer Page from Cape Fear Press (http://capefearpress.com/) who steel plated my copper plates. Copper plates are very soft and can scratch easily. Since the plates have to be inked up for every print made and then wiped down and inked again for the next print, there is a high probability of the plate scratching. Additionally, because the plates are soft, there is only a limited number of prints that can be pulled before the plate wears down and the image degrades (hence the concept of a limited edition). The steel plating allows for more prints to be made, although it will eventually wear down as well.
The second artist I have pulled into the work has been the book/box maker Kristin Dunn (http://kdbooks.com/). I commissioned 6 boxes for the folio bundled set of prints. Each box is handmade, covered in linen and embossed with the title of the series and my logo imprint. The boxes are beautiful and are a work of art on their own. Kristin does a variety of handmade bookbinding products in addition to folios and boxes.
Lastly, will be an as yet to be determined letterpress artist to help me print the frontice material that will go in the folios. I have prototyped the pages to show people but I am currently looking for the right artist to help me with this part of the project and will keep you posted.
When I took a photogravure class a couple of years ago at Rayko Photo Center, I had no idea I would become smitten with the process.
I had been struggling with several of the images as digital prints and was not happy with how they were coming out. When I took the photogravure class, I knew that gravure was going to be the way to go. Afterwards, I investigated doing it all on my own. But the costs of paper, ink, needing a darkroom and having to have a decent press were prohibitive. Especially since I am a very novice printer. Not the time to go jump into buying a press that costs several thousand dollars.
So I did the next best thing, I asked Unai San Martin if he would work with me to do this series. He said yes, and we have been working together for the last year.
Unai is an award winning master printer and photographer in his own right. Originally from Spain, Unai currently works in the Bay Area. Over the last year, we have printed proofs and the beginnings of the edition at several presses including the press owned by Stefan Kirkeby at Smith Andersen North, the presses at Kala Instutite and at the artists live-work space in San Rafael where Unai keeps his studio.
We still have a ways to go to complete the project but I know it is in a far better place because of the collaboration with Unai.
Selected images from the series have been shown in the following shows:
14th Annual Krappy Kamera exhibition at SOHO Photo in New York, NY
Statewide Juried Photography show, juried by Brian Taylor, at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, CA - the image Anchors Dragged Through Faithless Sand, Sea-fog Drifting Overhead received an Honorable Mention.
5th Annual Plastic Camera show at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco
25th Annual Members Show, juried by Henry Horenstein at the Texas Photo Society - the image Something Still Remains Undone received an Honorable Mention.
Dreams, juried by Susan Burnstine at Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury Vermont
Several images will be part of the exhibition Waterworks, curated by Ed Carey, at Arc Gallery in San Francisco this coming July
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