Artistry proudly presents The Ephemeral is Real by John Beaver in the Atrium Gallery!
By using digital scans from B&W paper negatives printed without the use of a developer or fixer, photographer John Beaver is able to embrace the ephemeral. These fleeting moments and happy accidents happen because a non-developing accelerator is applied to temporarily increase their sensitivity to light. Combine this with long exposures and fast lenses or exposed contact with objects and old color prints – The process is an odd combination of physicality and non-permanence. The results of this self-identified, Ephemeral Process Photography are ghostly scenes that recall long ago memories or broken bits of an old dream.
“I do not want perfect control over my art; I want instead to make use of the tension that naturally arises when the artist’s conscious control is tempered by technique that is at least partly uncontrollable.”
About the Artist:
For nearly 20 years, John Beaver has used old processes to make new negatives, often in ways that can only be realized as a print with digital scanning and printing. This includes his development of the cyanonegative process, innovative work (in collaboration with Teresa Patrick) with instant film, and most recently his development of an accelerated, unfixed printing-out process he calls “Ephemeral-Process photography”. He is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Fox Cities Campus). John has exhibited photographs in solo exhibitions and many juried competitions in Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, Louisiana, Missouri, Oregon and Colorado. He is author of the recently-published three-volume work, The Physics and Art of Photography (Morgan and Claypool, San Rafael). Some of his photography can be seen at www.JohnEBphotography.com.
Gallery Location and Hours: The Atrium Gallery is located on the second floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no admission fee.
About Artistry: Artistry is a producing theater and visual arts nonprofit serving a regional audience of more than 82,000 people through stage productions, exhibitions, lifelong arts learning, and arts-centered community development. In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.
The Ephemeral is Real
A Response to the Virtualization of Nature
Artist: John Beaver
January 3 – February 23, 2020