Photography, Chemigrams and Sculpture by Sienna Wildfield, Richard Turnbull and Katie Richardson

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Photography, Chemigrams and Sculpture by Sienna Wildfield, Richard Turnbull and Katie Richardson

Time: February 2, 2013 to February 28, 2013
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Street: 20 West St
City/Town: Northampton
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Phone: 413-587-1013
Event Type: exhibition, sculpture, photography, photochemistry
Organized By: Hosmer Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2013

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Sienna Wildfield lives in the West Chesterfield, MA with her family, chickens, and gardens. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Hilltown Familiesa non-profit online grassroots communication network whose mission is to connect, collaborate, and create community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.

"Hilltown Families: A Traveling Photography Exhibit of Life and Landscape in Western MA" includes images featured on since 2006. These images aim to reflect the local culture and community values found in Western MA.  This exhibit is supported in part by grants from local Cultural Councils in Ashfield, Buckland, Chesterfield, Cummington and Worthington - all local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Katie Richardson is an artist and educator working with youth in community based programming and public education. Her work, from small glassworks to large sculpture, is in galleries locally and throughout the northeast.

The metal sculptures on display explore the concept of home, specifically dealing with safety/danger, fear/comfort, belonging/exclusion. These sculptural explorations have grown from an interest in immigration issues and the nature of identity. The sculptural spaces created may be just a secure looking place, a comfortable nook, or may be a nest, a tree, or a rabbit hole.

Richard Turnbull is an art historian who began to explore printmaking, book arts and experimental photography in 2005 after defending his dissertation on Islamic art. This exhibit focuses on experimental photography -- particularly in the form of chemigrams, a term invented by the Belgian photographer Pierre Cordier in the 1950s to describe a type of cameraless photograph. Chemigrams are created entirely in the darkroom but without cameras, enlargers or negatives.  There is a porous boundary between what the photographer controls and what the chemicals themselves control, which is both the appeal and challenge of this still little known medium.

In an age when the chemically produced darkroom photo has become a curiosity and a generation of picture-takers who have known nothing but the digital camera is about to take the stage, chemigrams suggest a way to reclaim photography in the service of art.

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