Steve McCurry - The Importance of Elsewhere

The Artists

The show will feature large scale wet plate collodion prints by Diné artist Will Wilson, combination Cyanotype and VanDyke brown-prints by local artist and Studio & gallery owner Minna Jain, photogravure prints by east coast based teacher and photographer Scott Barnes, toned, manipulated and stressed silver gelatin prints made in the darkroom by Boston based artist Michael Donnor, Gum Bichromate and other various printing out processes by International artist Henk Thijs, and lastly Large scale image transfers by Michigan born now local artist Arista Slater-Sandoval.

The work focus on combing alternative processes and presentations with concept. The selection of works from each artist pivot around a central theme or concept from a larger body of work. By using photography as a base to experiment from, along with contemporary methodologies the photographic image is able to transcend to a certain degree mechanic reproduction and remain one of a kind.

Minna Jain  
Minna Jain is a professional artist and beekeeper living and working in Durango, CO. She works with vintage film cameras, printmaking techniques, modern fabrication tools and found objects. Minna’s recent work has focused on alternative photographic process printmaking and wearable sculpture, incorporating issues of social justice, cultural exploration and storytelling into pieces influenced by her Finnish and Indian heritage. Her prints, photographs and wearable sculptures have been presented at such sites as the Open Shutter Gallery –Durango, Colorado, Eggman and Walrus Gallery –Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Oriental Theater –Denver, Colorado and The Minneapolis College of Art and Design –Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised in Minneapolis, she was accepted into the Perpich Center for Arts Education with a focus on Visual Arts before attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied Community Based Organizing and Youth Leadership Through The Arts with an emphasis on Culture Creating and Storytelling. In 2008, Minna co-founded the performance arts group Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque. In 2011, Minna began focusing on alternative photographic process printmaking, wearable sculpture and performance installation.  Minna is a member of The Panoply Project, a women’s art collective based in Colorado, and owns Studio & Gallery in Durango, Colorado.  She works out of her studio at The Danger Room in Durango, Colorado.

For the exhibition Jain has combinations of multiple printing processes including Cyanotype, VanDyke Brownprints, and various toning methods onto fabric with machine stitching. Her images are painterly focusing on color blocks and shapes, drawing your focus to solitary figures that populate the fabrics.

Will Wilson 
William (Will) Wilson is a Diné photographer who spent his formative years living in the Navajo Nation.  Born in San Francisco in 1969, Wilson studied photography at the University of New Mexico (Dissertation Tracked MFA in Photography, 2002) and Oberlin College (BA, Studio Art and Art History, 1993).  In 2007, Wilson won the Native American Fine Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum, and in 2010 was awarded a prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  Wilson has held visiting professorships at the Institute of American Indian Arts (1999-2000), Oberlin College (2000-01), and the University of Arizona (2006-08).  From 2009 to 2011, Wilson managed the National Vision Project, a Ford Foundation funded initiative at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and helped to coordinate the New Mexico Arts Temporary Installations Made for the Environment (TIME) program on the Navajo Nation.  Wilson is part of the Science and Arts Research Collaborative (SARC) which brings together artists interested in using science and technology in their practice with collaborators from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia Labs as part of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts, 2012 (ISEA). Recently, Wilson completed an exhibition and artist residency at the Denver Art Museum and is currently the King Fellow artist in residence at the School of Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.

For the exhibition Wilson sent us large scale digital prints made from scans of wet plate collodion negatives featuring portraits of Native Americans. Wet plate collodion is a historic photographic processes used during the civil war era. If you want a more detailed explanation give me a call or stop in tomorrow or friday and I would be happy to explain further. 

Scott Barnes
Scott Barnes is a printmaker with a Master's Degree in painting, though he has been a photographer since eighth grade, when he was introduced to black-and-white photography at Camp Kawanhee. His photos have appeared in several whitewater kayaking and other outdoor sports magazines, as well as many industry catalogues and advertising campaigns. Barnes' work centers around human interaction with the natural world, and the environment's effect on human psyche. He currently teaches in the art department at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Combining classic photography skills, intaglio printmaking ability, a unique understanding of contemporary digital workflows, as well as specific whitewater ability and wilderness camping experience, this project has been the balance of residency, research, and learning that is in line with my artistic mission.

For the exhibition Barnes sent us beautiful photogravure prints made from his own work flow using polymer plates. The images he sent us feature parks and other outdoor scenes mostly at night. The simple run down for photogravure - place a negative on the polymer plate, expose the plate with UV light, “develop” the plate with water, ink it, run it through a press with ink side facing paper and there is your image.

Michael Donnor
The photographs on exhibition are toned, manipulated silver gelatin prints made in the darkroom. He often scratches, stains, and collages his negatives and prints to create etherial tableaus alluding to the universe and other ambitious questions.

Henk Thijs
 lives and works in the south of the Netherlands near the german and belgian border.
Many years of making portraits of artists, resulted in an exhibition in the Photography museum "Den Tempel" in Sittard.
Apart from this Henk Thijs also has had different assignments for theatre and ballet companies to make journalistic photography. Among others he worked for the Ballet van Vlaanderen, the ‘Nationale Toneel‘ in The Hague and the Stadttheater Aachen resulting in publications in newspapers and weekly magazines like the Volkskrant, NRC-Handelsblad, Vrij Nederland, the Gazet van Antwerpen, der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung and more.
After this period his preference moved to candid photography: trying to catch the beauty of the ordinary and coincidental contrasts, instead of creating a surrounding. Give meaning to the daily life of people by eliminating them of their environment. The great variety of subjects were a challenge to look for alternative print techniques. To come closer to the impression given by the image Henk Thijs chooses nearly forgotten techniques like (brom)oil, gum and cyanotypes. The possibility of using colour, in a very restricted way, enables him to achieve the impression he wants .
Due to the increasing role of automation , using digital techniques was unavoidable. First to create the necessary large negatives for the oil- and gumprinting, and after that the switch to so-called giclee prints: inkjet prints made by permanent pigment inks on 300 grs self-coated aquarel paper, an interesting extension to the 'alt-processes'. Exhibitions in Sittard(Nl), Luik(B), Lille(F), Beek(Nl), Apeldoorn(Nl), Heerlen (Nl), Herzogenrath (D) , Vaals(Nl) and october 2009 Durango (USA)  

For exhibtion Henk sent gum bichromate prints. Again, if you want a more detailed explanation give me a call or stop in tomorrow or friday and I would be happy to explain further. 

Arista Slater-Sandoval
Arista was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. She moved in 2007 to washington D.C. to pursue a BFA in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She also completed a 5 months Teachers Assistance and residency program in New York city at the Center for Alternative Photography. After completing her BFA, Arista moved to Cambridge MA, and attend the College of Art and Design at Lesley University where she completed her MFA in Fine Art Photography in 2013. While in grad school she focused on the historic photographic processes, gum bichromate, and large scale image transfers. Currently she shoots large format, continues to create large scale image transfers and works as the gallery manager at Open Shutter Gallery in Durango Colorado. Arista lives and works in South West Colorado with her husband while traveling and camping when she can.   For exhibition I have three large scale image transfers and a few smaller gum bichromate prints. The image transfers are on fabrics and include hand stitching  and encaustic.