Fish X-Ray Triptych by Amy Heller
Brown+Black+Blue - An Amy Heller Exhibit
By Kahrin Deines
When most of us think of photographs, we think point, focus, and shoot, all in a snap moment. But for award-winning photographer Amy Heller, the shot might involve a stroboscope, and processing the photo could mean traveling back in time.
Heller, whose work will be on display in an exhibit at the Esmond-Wright Gallery from Sept. 26 to Oct. 9, often creates her photos using processes that date far back from the digital age to the 1800s.
Her upcoming exhibit, titled “Brown+Black+Blue,” features work created through three such vintage production techniques. The resulting images, which run in subject matter from fish to nudes to beach treasures, are tinted brown, black and blue.
For the brown photos, Heller applied a process known as the “Van Dyke,” named for the resemblance the tint it creates has to the brown used by the Flemish painter Van Dyck.
Black, meanwhile, is represented in a series of gelatin silver prints Heller created using a stroboscope to capture figures in motion. The resulting images, within which female figures seem to transcend their own movements, required unwinding an unexposed roll of film and a whirling stroboscope in synchronicity past an open shutter.
And blue – “+blue” – is brought into the exhibit’s mix with a number of cyanotypes printed on both paper and fabric.
Heller has exhibited widely, and has also worked as a photo editor and researcher for The Discovery Channel, The Washington Post, National Geographic and U.S. News & World Report.
Group show at Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown
Amy Heller, Daniel Heyman, Richard Klein, Susan Lyman, Nancy Rubens and Ron Rumford are featured artists at an exhibition in the Schoolhouse Gallery, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown, through Oct. 6.
Heller is an award-winning photographer. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. For this exhibition she will present new cyanotype photographs on fabric, a non-traditional surface for printing. She has always been drawn to the unpredictability of photography, especially the “happy accidents” that occur and the way the camera can see the unseen. Her love of art and interest in photography is captured in the subject matter that she shoots and the printing methods she employs.
Heyman has spent several years making images about the war in Iraq, specifically the abuse and torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. He has traveled to Jordan and Turkey, where he had the opportunity to talk face to face with over 50 former detainees, painting their portraits and taking down their own versions of what happened to them at the hands of the American captors.
For this work, Heyman has been awarded both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He currently teaches at Princeton and RISD. For this exhibition he will present a new set of large prints and two new accordion books.
A Connecticut-based artist, curator, and writer, Klein has exhibited widely. As exhibitions director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum he has organized over 40 exhibitions in the past 15 years. For this exhibition he will present a new work made from clear eyeglasses and ashtrays, including a central element that is a large clear ashtray with an etched image of Captain Jack’s Wharf.
Lyman has lived year-round in Provincetown since 1981 when she was awarded a visual arts fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions for over 30 years. In the fall of 2009, her work was included in “Second Nature” at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Presently she teaches sculpture, drawing and design at Providence College. For this show she will present new sculpture and works on paper.
Making mixed media abstractions on canvas and paper using acrylic paint, glued papers and found materials, Rubens cuts curving strands of paper freehand then pastes them down on the canvas, building compositions of paint, paper, gauze and other elements that exhibit a heightened pleasure in color and texture. There is a sensation of motion in the work; of some unseen force that gives vitality to the compositions and coherence to the individual elements.
Rumford lives and works in Philadelphia and exhibits extensively throughout the U.S. He is a printmaker and painter and works with a variety of techniques. He will exhibit a new series of monoprints with chine cole.