A meditation on light through the physical materials of analog photography.
Negative / Positive is an exploration of light and perception through the medium of photography. I make compositions using my old photographic slides and sheets of film. Looking purely at the physicality of these slides and sheets of film has catapulted me into a new realm of expression and creative obsession. I strive to walk the edge of focused detachment and wonder as the materials and light have an energy and direction of their own.
I have disassembled thousands of 35mm slides and medium and large format pieces of film. I have piles of plastic negative sleeves that held the film and slides in place, empty slide mounts which appear like structural containers and film - my insides, dreams and memories.
Small temporary sculptures are then built as I balance the sleeves, mounts or film. There is no glue nor clay. It is a tricky balancing act akin to making a house of cards. I then photograph the sculptures; the light comes solely from my two old light-boxes. Inside these boxes the bulbs are aging; they emit color that ranges from blue to apricot.
As with analog photography, I consider both the “negatives” and “positives” that are created, each has their own intrigue. Structures becomes apparent, landscapes emerge from the edges. It is the edges, the transition zones, that transfix me as I delve in to the inherent transformative and deceptive power of the medium of photography.
August–September 2017, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana. Two person exhibition with artist Nicole Campanello.
December–January 2014/2015, New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana. Solo exhibition as a result of the PhotoNOLA portfolio review prize in 2013.