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An MFA Thesis focused on transcending the boundary between image and the physical materials within which it exists.
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Luciatype...

  • A glass plate transparency made from the combination of several imaging techniques. When illuminated in a light box the layers of substrate and the fusion between the materials and the image are revealed. Lucia comes from the Latin word lux meaning light.

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  • My MFA thesis 'Luciatype' focuses on the fusion of material and the image through the transformative effect of illumination. In doing so the plates question the location of the image among the many layers that are built up during the process of creation.

The Story...

  • Over the past few years I have been exploring alternative imaging techniques in search of the fusion between material and image - searching for the all-inclusive print where the content of the image, the creation process, and the materials prove to be inseparable. This has been an interesting and exciting journey that has taken me from collecting personal trash, to collecting trash around Baltimore, to gathering Baltimore street water, to making a silver gelatin emulsion from scratch, to making images on trash (see below for example) and finally to making glass plate transparencies. The glass transparencies, dubbed 'Luciatypes' are the latest resolution to exposing the fusion between the chemical, material and image layers. This exploration is the focus of my MFA thesis exhibition and research paper.
Example of gelatin silver print on trash
Example of gelatin silver print on trash
  • The light boxes will be constructed of simple plywood on a slant to de-formalize the presentation of the Luciatypes and provide a more individual and intimate experience for the viewer. In the exhibition there will be approximately twelve light boxes holding Luciatypes that range in size from 16"x20" to 24"x36".
Sketch of Light box
Sketch of Light box

Most Recent Luciatypes...

 

 The Funding Allows Me To...

  • Purchase materials such as wood, electrical wiring, LEDs, glass, paint, and paintbrushes.
  • Purchase the hardware necessary to hang the light boxes.
  • Purchase the materials to make a handmade book of prints from Luciatypes, which will be displayed at the exhibition.
  • Provide a dinner for the wonderful members of my volunteer installation team.
  • Ensure that each of my kind supporters get the highest quality rewards for their generosity!

Rewards...

  • In backing my project you can be assured that you will receive a thoughtfully crafted one-of-a-kind reward or many!
  • In addition to my many thanks and the other rewards all supporters will receive an official invitation to the exhibition reception!

Rewards Explained...

  • Hand written thank you note: a personalized thank you for your generosity.
  • Thesis show card: a card advertising my thesis show and work that is handed out during the exhibition. Yours will be signed.
  • Gelatin silver print of the Luciatype: I will make unique black and white negative Luciatypes and then make prints of the Luciatypes in the darkroom. Each supporter will receive a one-of-a-kind signed print. In the instance where a supporter receives more than one, each print will be different.
  • Chromogenic print of the Luciatype: I will make unique color negative Luciatypes and print them in the color darkroom using the C-41 process. Each supporter will receive a one-of-a-kind signed print. In the instance where a supporter receives more than one, each print will be different.
  • 8x10 inch Luciatype in light box: This is a very special reward and there are only three of these available. I will make a Luciatype from an image of your choosing (I will send you an email with options), and also build a custom light box to either sit on a tabletop or mount on the wall (up to you). 

Thank you for taking the time to explore my Kickstarter project. I greatly appreciate your consideration to support my creative journey, which is only just beginning. If you have any questions please write me at pgalluzzo@mica.edu.

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are always risks and challenges. The largest obstacle lies in constructing and wiring the light boxes. I have taken careful measure to construct several to-size models of the light boxes and have taken lessons on electrical wiring, all to minimize the possibility of problems. Another challenge will be the installation of the light boxes. There is only a two-day window for installation. Fortunately, I have assembled a small volunteer installation team that fully supports my creative goal.

Should problems arise along the way, I am prepared by my training as an artist to overcome them through flexibility and adaptability. The presence of a great community where help and support are always available only further cements my confidence. These resources will serve me well throughout the months leading to my MFA thesis exhibition.

Again thank you for taking the time to explore my project!

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