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WALT JONES

Posted by The Center on October 27, 2010

(Photo credit: Walt Jones, “Arch”)
(Photo credit: Walt Jones,”Swing”
(Photo credit: Walt Jones, “Break”)

You would not be remiss in wondering if photographer Walt Jones had a previous life with the dance world. A former lighting designer for modern dance and ballet, Jones seeks to abstract the literal beauty of bodies in motion. His “Liquefy” series functionally melds painting and photography into a singular medium.

An excerpt from his artist statement reads:

Through the process of injecting dyes into liquefied paraffin with various instruments, I discovered that I can gain control over the medium and coerce it, much as a painter moves pigment on a canvas, into recognizable human forms while maintaining so much of the stochastic qualities that initially led me to experiment with it in the first place.

To find the moment when serendipity aligns strings of color in just the right way, hundreds of exposures are made in the few minutes before the wax cools to a semi-opaque solid. Every image in this series represents just one of many attempts to bring each form to life.

Check out more of Walt’s work at www.waltjones.com

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NAN WOLLMAN

Posted by The Center on October 26, 2010


(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Two Trees”)
(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Split“)
(Photo credit: Nan Wollman, “Spring Leaves”)

Nan Wollman’s cyanotype trees cut across the picture plane like the passing shadows of clouds on a bright hillside. Their isolation in space is strangely humanizing, loneliness being a quality we can readily identify and occasionally covet for its scarcity.

Nan writes:

Cyanotype is the technical name for this antiquated blueprint technique. As machine processes have replaced blueprints, the process has been adopted by artists for its creative capabilities. It is a simple process utilizing two chemicals that when combined become light sensitive. The sensitized paper is exposed in sunlight and processed in water, producing a variety of blue hues, that can then be toned to produce a range of colors. With bleaching and toning I rework and reprint the paper for a cohesive idea. I am influenced by Dada and Surrealist use of juxtaposition of imagery which catches the eye. Like the Dadaist taking useful items out of context, my use of x-rays is a similar removal of context, with body parts looking like landscapes, and trees and rocks looking like human forms.

Visit www.wollmanstudios.com to see more of Nan’s work

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