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A sculptural PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES created WITHOUT use of LIGHT, CAMERA, or OBJECT MATTER. Select pieces exhibiting May 2014.

Slideshow video created by Kristen Kula, song "Strides" by Jared C. Balogh from Free Music Archive

Degenerate Art Gallery

Thank you Nicholas Zahn! Unphotographed is now featured on Degenerate Art Gallery (DAG)! Check it out. DAG is an online platform that connects artists with entrepreneurship tools!

QBN

Thank you Tuan Bui and QBN, my project, Unphotographed, is now an Editor's Choice for QBN. Check it out at http://www.qbn.com/editors_choice/679875/

Thanks Everyone,
-Krissy Kula

IMPORTANT: HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR REWARD

Want a FRAMED 30"x40" Unphotographed one-of-a-kind C-Print? Pledge and refer people to my kickstarter; easy as that.

Step 1: Pledge $1, $5, $25, $1000 (or anywhere in between) and become a backer of Unphotographed's Kickstarter.

Step 2: Share with friends. One person pledging from your share will upgrade you to the next higher reward! (only one upgrade per person)

Step 3: SHARE SOME MORE! The backer with the most referrals to pledge, gets upgraded to the HIGHEST REWARD: a FRAMED 30"x40" Unphotographed one-of-a-kind signed C-Print and a special thanks at all my shows for Unphotographed on my artist statement! This is usually the reward for those who pledge $1000 and yours if you get the most people to pledge.

Remember, you can only get rewards if you pledge and I make my goal of $5,000. Pledge, share and get your reward!

Thanks Everyone!
Kristen Kula

Demo of Unphotographed

Want to know how the process for Unphotographed works? Here's a demo! Filmed by Jori Remus and John F Kula, song "Train" by composer/writer Dexter Britain.

Newest Prints

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2013.

Radio Interview/Podcast

Today I interviewed with Monica at Inspiring People Radio. The interview airs tonight, 2/19/13, at 9:30/11:30pm Pacific/Central time. After the show airs, it will be available as a podcast so if you can't tune in tonight, check it out when you can! Thanks! 

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012.
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012.

About Unphotographed

When the average person defines photography, more often than not, they say a photograph is “an image of an object, person, scene, etc., in the form of a print or slide recorded by a camera on photosensitive material.” Through the use of light, camera, and subject, photographers have complete control of the results of their images produced. 

Unphotographed is a series of chromogenic prints using experimental techniques to alter the paper in unpredictable ways. For this series, it is important that there is no use of a camera, light, or object matter. These images are created all in complete darkness. Through these methods and creating the prints in the dark, they become blind paintings. 

Although there are some controls to alter the results, the images that come out of the processor are completely unique and surprising. It is impossible to have complete control over the unphotographed images.

Influenced by artists Jimmy Robert, Curtis Mann, Walead Beshty, and Liz Deschenes, Unphotographed explores the limits, or perhaps the endless possibilities, of the photographic material. With knowledge of the characteristics of photographic paper being sensitive to heat and chemicals, these are methods used to create the images.

Through the use of boiling water, irons, heat guns, bleach, etc., the c-print paper is modified in complete darkness. Every destructive action performed on the paper adds a different element to the piece resulting in a one of a kind image, removing it further and further from the conventional photograph.

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012. The very first Unphotographed print!
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012. The very first Unphotographed print!

What is the goal of the project?

Unphotographed is a series that began in October 2012. Currently, the form is two dimensional with some texture, but the plan is to make the pieces larger and three-dimensional. To do so, larger paper would be needed, ideally, roll paper. With roll paper and some supportive materials, infinite works could be created. 

To move Unphotographed to a whole new level, these unique prints will be created on a larger scale. With larger prints, the way they are displayed is very important. Some will be framed with custom frames to help the photograph curl and bend making the photo more of an object. Other pieces will use the photographs in a sculptural way. To do so, some will be sculpted and supported with other materials such as plexiglass or metals while others will use a resin to harden the photopaper in an organic flowing abstract shape. Through making the images three dimensional, the Unphotographed series is no longer a group of two dimensional prints on the wall, but art that takes its own form different then anything else.

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012

What is the money being used for?

The minimum goal to fund the project is $5000. If I reach $5000, this will be a great start to setting up darkroom materials and getting the first few sculptures completed. The more money I receive, the more pieces I will be able to complete.

With the materials needed, and the size of the works, the expense is high. Below are materials and reasons for use include:

  •  A variety of rolls of chromogenic paper. Each paper renders different results. Further, I will need different sizes for different sculptures. 
  • Plexiglass and plexiglass cleaner. Plexiglass will be the base of a sculpture that will be lit from the inside. 
  • Floor light for the plexiglass sculpture.
  • Weld-on cement is used for gluing plexiglass together.
  • Archival adhesive is important for assemblage of parts of the sculptures.
  • Protective varnish is important to prevent scratches on the photographic surface pieces that won’t use resin.
  • Clear resin will be used to help form the paper and harden it in a sculptural way.
  • Six 30x40 metal trays for heating water, and to manually feed paper through chemistry for processing.
  • Coil water heaters are used in the metal trays to heat water and chemicals for fogging of the paper and for processing.
  • Extension cords and cord locks for coiled water heaters. The cord locks prevent water getting on the electrical outlets of extension cords.
  • Black plastic to block off an area in the darkroom from other enlargers and light.
  • Zipper to create a seal and entrance through the black plastic.
  • Heat gun and steam iron to use for fogging paper
  • Paper safe to store paper in with chemicals for extended periods of time. 
  • Large tubes to store and transport the large prints.
  • Custom frames allowing the prints to roll in and out of the frame in a three dimensional way.  
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012

What is the timeline for this project?

I am aiming to have five Unphotographed large sculptures (sizes will vary) and ten Unphotographed 30"x72" prints custom framed to flow in and out of the frame by early 2014. I do plan on completing a minimum of 15 pieces by 2014. If the initial series is successful, and more pieces get shown and sold, I see this series continuing, all thanks to my backers here at Kickstarter.

Also, select pieces will be in a show in May 2014, so the deadline is very important. The work takes a long time to create, and I need funding to buy the materials to start making the series.

Why fund Unphotographed?

Unphotographed is very important because it helps to break the mold of photography. Although I am a photographer, I work primarily in mixed media and installations. With this series, I want the view of photography and its limits to be expanded. Photography does not need to be representational. It does not need to be a flat rectangle on the wall. Photography has endless possibilities.

If you decide to help fund Unphotographed, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. It will both help fund a wonderful project, and help a young artist get a start on creating the large pieces I have always dreamed of completing. This Kickstarter is the platform for me to emerge as an artist.

What are the Rewards for Pledging?

If you pledge and support Unphotographed, rewards include a special thanks on my website, a personalized Unphotographed (reproduced) postcard, packs of 3-5 blank Unphotographed postcards, and original c-prints (color darkroom prints). The more money you pledge, the more rewards you get and the larger the one-of-a-kind Unphotographed print gets that you will receive! Every print is different, literally! If you pledge, you will receive a print like the photos on this page, and like the one below:

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012

Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a great way to get my project noticed by people like you! You get to support an amazing project and in return, you get an original piece by yours truly at an extremely low price! Not including the postcards, every print I will be making will be ONE-OF-A-KIND c-prints! No print is alike because of how the process works. 

Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING! So please help fund this project. If I get to $4999 and am just $1 short, I get nothing. Every dollar counts, so if you can back me up with $1, $5, $50, $250, anything, it helps me get that much closer to my goal and you will get an awesome reward!

If I do not make it to my goal, I get nothing and you pay nothing. So there is no risk of losing your money. It doesn't disappear. It doesn't come to me. It doesn't go to kickstarter. It stays in your wallet. But remember, if I do make it to my goal, you get an awesome reward, so if you want that print, share this project to get more backers to get me to my goal!

Shows with Unphotographed

Photo Community Night (PCN) Chicago

November 2012, PCN launched their first community show. Four of the first Unphotographed pieces were displayed.

Gallery Pixelated

Minutes after this piece below was made, curator and founder of Gallery Pixelated, Emma Schacter asked if I would like to be in a Flash Show she was currently working on. This is by far the fastest turnaround time for a piece ever. Just minutes after the photo came out of the processor, she was already putting it in a show.

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012

Quote from Emma, "Unphotographed is the coolest way to break the color processor I have ever seen. The work is unpredictable and exciting. No knowing what will happen next makes me want to follow this project as it progresses."

Gallery Pixelated is an online gallery, with goals to show work that isn't being seen in normal gallery settings. Mainly student work, Gallery Pixelated's show explore the process of art making and curating.

Website and Contact Info:

If you would like to check out more of my work, go to my website. Should you have any questions, comments, concerns, just wanna chat with the artist, contact me!

website: www.kristen-kula.com

e-mail: kkula@kristen-kula.com

Thanks ahead of time to everyone that backs me up! This project is a game changer for me, please support. Every dollar counts! So support the project and share with your friends. Sharing is caring by the way, so let them know about the awesome project and the work they can get if they back my project!

THANKS EVERYONE!

-Kristen Kula

Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012
Untitled, 20"x16" Chromogenic Print, 2012

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have been working experimentally with photography for nearly six years. I know the medium well and have come face-to-face with many challenges, but have successfully resolved them as they come to me.

This particular project, Unphotographed, I have been working on since October 2012. I have already gone through my trial and errors with creating the photography. All I need now is the funding for the larger pieces.

An example of a challenge I have overcome with printing my Unphotographed pieces is that sometimes times, the paper gets stuck in the processor. To print a c-print, color photo paper is fed through a machine that feeds the paper through all the chemicals to develop the print.

The processor does this by rolling the paper and weaving it in and out of all the chemicals. For this series, the paper is either soaked, melted, or destroyed in one way or another making it more difficult to get the paper through the processor. When the piece gets stuck, the way to resolve this is to literally open the processor and take out parts of the machine and unroll the paper from the rollers. It can be tedious, but not a challenge that will destroy the print. In fact, some of my prints that have gotten stuck have been my favorite prints. For instance the very last green print on this kickstarter page got stuck and turned out beautifully.

As for sculpture, I have been working sculpturally for four years and have worked with wood, metal, clay, plaster, plexiglass, glass, resin and more. The sculptural techniques I am using for Unphotographed are all very simple. The use of sculpture with the series is to pull the photograph off the wall and make them more three dimensional.

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