“New Directions - Crossing Territories” at Wall Space Gallery in Santa Barbara CA
One of my pieces from my latest micrograph experiments has been selected to be part of “New Directions - Crossing Territories” an exhibition curated by Debra Klomp Ching of KlompChing Gallery in New York on exhibit at Wall Space Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.
The New Directions 2012 exhibition concerns itself with the wide-ranging ways in which contemporary photographers are addressing the intersection between form and content in photography — whether consciously as artists, or by way of my interpretation of their artworks, from the standpoint of a curator. Considering the photograph as both image and physical artifact is of fundamental interest within this context. This collection showcases photographic artworks that demonstrate a marriage between the chosen subject and the manner in which they were either made or finally printed and presented. Together, the photographers in this exhibition demonstrate an impressive and imaginative use of photography’s old and new tools to push photography to its very limits, whilst maintaining the integrity of the photograph itself.
The series this image comes from utilizes a microscope mounted camera to explore my fascination with beverages, the variety of methodical processes through which we craft them, and the detailed makeup of each liquid we drink. In this series, I’ve treated the world’s top five most consumed man-made beverages like scientific specimens, allowing each liquid sample to dry before photographing them using a microscope. The resulting images provide us with a chance to analyze these fingerprints of drinkable culture as an act of art consumption. The particular image selected for the exhibition is of a Black Tea Sample.
The exhibition opens January 4th and runs through January 29th before moving to Seattle from February 8th through March 4th 2012. I’m honored to be among such a talented list of artists exhibiting and look forward to this very much!