MODELLA ART GALLERY TO EXHIBIT “HEIGHT AND LIGHT” - A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY
(STILLWATER, Oklahoma , November -- , 2017) Modella Art Gallery is pleased to announce Height and Light , a photography exhibition by a group of student artists in the Oklahoma State University Art Department. The exhibition is open from November 30th to January 5th located at 721 S. Main in downtown Stillwater. OSU Photography students participated a summer class based in Taos, New Mexico, where they explored the distinctive regional architecture, culture and landscape through visual art. Artist Casey Citty descried, “Having the chance to photograph Taos and the surrounding areas was an unforgettable experience. Capturing the true beauty of the state was an incredible opportunity.” The exhibition includes several photographic processes, including cyanotypes and digital techniques. A cyanotype is a light sensitive exposure which utilizes chemicals that result in a completely cyan - blue image. Other works include the use of Polaroids, hand painted details, and digital manipulation. The combination of different photographic methods gives the Height and Light show a dynamic and distinguished presence that references both traditional and modern elements. Modella Art Gallery hosts an opening reception Thur., November 30th at 7pm. The gallery is free and open to the public Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 5.
Information on Cyanotype "Cyanotype is among the oldest photographic processes, well known for its distinctive ultramarine color. Invented in 1842 by the English scientist Sir John Herschel, it was originally used to document natural objects such as algae and later became widely used in architecture as the blueprint. Artists have returned to this process over the years for its simplicity and surreal visual qualities.
Mixing just two chemicals together, ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, the solution becomes sensitive to ultraviolet light. This solution is coated onto a surface, such as watercolor paper and dried thoroughly. Then, by arranging either an opaque object or photographic negative on the sensitize surface and placing it in direct sunlight, an image is recorded. This image can be revealed using only water to wash away the unexposed areas.
Each cyanotype print is one-of-a-kind because the particular coating of the sensitized surface varies as does the light quality during exposure. The result hovers somewhere between science and art, between the technical control that photography usually offers and the unknowable aspect of chance.”