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Arts & Culture
Focus on the Process - The Art, History, and Science of Photographic Printing
Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County (HCSCC) will be showcasing a new exhibition at the Hjemkomst Center from January 19 to April 9 and theyre marking the occasion with an opening reception, free and open to the public, on Thursday, January 19, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.
The exhibition, Dr. Ken Andersens Focus On the Process: The Art, History, and Science of Photographic Printing matches the local craftsman, artist, and professor with intern Louis Zurn and the task of surveying a dozen historical and alternative processes of photographic printing, including cyanotype, photogravure, salted paper, silver gelatins, and carbon transfers.
A meticulous photographer who will spend most of a day setting up his large-format monorail Sinar camera for a few shots, Andersen first considered the exhibition after exploring the glassplate negative collection at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County. Interested in the science and craft of the old photography methods, and after some encouragement from HCSCC staff, Andersen started the process of developing the exhibition and found motivation in the recent boom in digital photography and a concern that many of todays photographers are losing the sense of history and craft in the medium.
The result is an exhibition that showcases Andersens stunning photos alongside photo and text panels that explain the broad, complex history and science of a medium that continues to be transformed by digital photography, digital file reproduction, and the ubiquity of smartphones and photo-sharing on social media platforms.
HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger echoes Andersens enthusiasm for the project and sees broad appeal in the exhibition. For the general public, the exhibit will give an appreciation for photographys development as an incredibly sophisticated science, an art form, and a whole lot of work. For educators, it will be a way to bring science into art class and art into science class. For history lovers, the exhibit will show the influence of material culture and the role of mechanical and chemical evolution. For photographers and graphic designers, this exhibition explains the birth, development, and vocabulary of their art forms. For art lovers, the exhibit showcases the rugged, delicate, textured, precise and patient photography of Dr. Ken Andersen.
Focus On the Process: The Art, History, and Science of Photographic Printing opens Thursday, January 19, with a reception from 4:00 to 7:00PM at the Hjemkomst Center. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The exhibition runs to Sunday, April 9.
The exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation and through an Individual Arts Partnership Grant from The Arts Partnership.
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