This solo exhibition of 67 photographs printed on glass coated in liquid emulsion focuses on the frailty of the human condition.
Photography as you've never seen it before.
This project began in 2004 with a series of photographs and a subsequent exhibition two years later titled, "A Prelude to Frail Minds and Flesh". These photographs, (viewable here), became the foundation of "Works on Glass".
Shortly after beginning, "A Prelude to Frail Minds and Flesh", I discovered liquid emulsion and its unique attributes. Having fallen in love with alternative processes I started experimenting with applying the emulsion onto glass plates. In doing so I realized that glass was the perfect medium to expand this series of photographs. The glass became a metaphorical symbol, relating to our own fragility. The physicality of glass is hard yet this is only one of its properties, its delicate nature reveals itself when force is applied. This is from where "Works on Glass" emerged.
About the Exhibition:
Works on Glass, will feature 67 glass photographs ranging in size from 3" x 4" up to 3ft x 3ft and a video installation entitled, An Endless Journey on an Island Universe. The exhibition explores the frailty of the human condition associated with the individuals isolation through the private experience. In addition, technology is treated as a Pandora's box and an invasive simulacra which dulls genuine sensory perception. This, together with gender, aging, loneliness, despair and control are woven into contemporary photographic tableaus which summon a confrontational experience on the part of the spectator. Consequently, our existential struggle within a fracturing society is revealed through the gestures of the figures and their environments.
Unlike traditional photographs which are framed and matted, these glass works hang on a wall as a mirror might. Their transparency means the color of the wall they hang on will show through the image.
How the works were produced.
Every image was shot on Fuji Acros 100 film with a Hasselblad 501cm and a 50mm fixed lens. The negatives were developed in AGFA Rodinal in a 1+50 solution. In order to coat the glass in liquid emulsion it was first chemically cleaned in a solution of sodium carbonate and water. Then each plate was cut to size and coated in a very thin layer of gelatin. The gelatin gave the emulsion something to adhere to since glass has a non porous surface. The emulsion is then gently heated in a double boiler to increase its viscosity. Application of the emulsion must be done in the darkroom with indirect low wattage red lighting. The plates must dry in complete darkness with circulating air for at least 24-48 hours before they can be used. Afterwards, exposure and development are similar to standard B&W darkroom prints.
What the money will be used for.
Since all the work has already been produced all of the money will go towards renting a gallery space in downtown Savannah to finally exhibit all of these works together. If this Kickstarter project raises more then $600 the extra funds will go towards printing promotional materials through a local business.
When and Where the exhibition will be held.
The exhibition runs from January 17th - 23rd with a reception on Friday January 20th from 7-10 p.m. @
Little Beasts Gallery
1522 Bull St.
Savannah, GA 31401
For more information about me and my work visit my website at: www.adamgabrielwinnie.com
Below are a few examples of the works in the exhibition. To view others visit: http://www.adamgabrielwinnie.com/simple_works_on_glass.html
Thank you for considering supporting my project. If you have any questions or feedback feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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