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Current Exhibitions

Currents + FLUX : Carol Henry and Lisa Rock

Carol Henry by Judy Dater

Carol Henry by Judy Dater

June 22 – July 22, 2018
MMA Pacific Street

 

Currently on view:

 

Currents: Carol Henry

FLUX: Lisa Rock

 

About:

Carol Henry, b. 1960
Carmel, CA

Artist statement:

I am truly honored to have my photographic work be selected and represented for the Currents Gallery at the Monterey Museum of Art during the #year of the woman. Since I have been a professional female artist since 1990 and made my living selling my fine art photography, I am thrilled the MMA has put recognizing women artists as the current “In” thing.

My experience through the years, of being a single woman, married woman, and then again single woman raising two children, while working as a fine artist showed me that our lives are not at all disconnected from our output or work. We often read historical accounts of the personal relationships and social life that influenced the recognized artists of yore. In my experience, if you are a current working artist you are constantly at a struggle on many levels to keep your artistic path clear and advancing. It is not that easy. History loves to recount the travails of every artist of note, as a badge of perseverance and ultimate success.

My exhibit of new work has its origin within humble beginnings. The medium itself is 170 years old and one of photography’s oldest. First noted by Sir John Hershel in England, it was his family friend Anna Atkins who did the greatest body of work in that light sensitive medium during the mid to late 1800s. Her subjects were merely British Algae and she was truly the first female photographer as she was working on a light sensitive material. To me, she is a photography folk hero and inspiration.

The process is the same today that I am using. It is a combination of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricynide, which when combined and applied to an absorbent surface make it UV reactive. Washing the surface in water (H2O) turns the image a rich blue. The style of image is simply an outline with very little detail.

But the difference is— depending on the angle of sunlight, you can fool the emulsion into seeing the shadow and not just object. I use that as a tool to tell the story that my art reveals. Not unlike the unique photograms of Man Ray and Edmund Teske,  I am interested in the surreal. Engaging perceptions and revealing new questions in the viewer when my work is seen, has always been my intention. Previously when my medium was the color positive print material, Cibachrome, I worked to challenge the limits of its intended usage, by making unique prints of images that did not exist in the scenic world of photography.

In the #yearofthewoman, I am exploring imagery that asks the question, “What is it to be a female?” Instead of going out with a camera as a social documentarian might, I create narratives that rely on that prompt. You will see iconic objects that draw from the lives of females tuned into imagery. Some of those subjects are a telephone, shoes, microscope, birth control and Barbies. Others are more elusive like a piece titled, Central Nervous System, using old tv tubes and string.

The large fabric pieces are contemporary life size hieroglyphs. Each tells a story through the use of women’s fashion. The wedding dress piece has an hourglass for a head. The glass ceiling piece, features actual broken glass. Many of the pieces will connect with the viewers not only for its unusual technique but the concepts as well.

Lastly, my “zines”, not unlike the Anna Atkins rare 13 handmade books, are made from cyanotypes. Each zine is an accordion fold 43” actual unique cyanotype on watercolor paper. Inside are other details about my artwork I hope you will enjoy.

 

Currents and FLUX are two new Monterey Museum of Art exhibition spaces dedicated to recognizing the work of emerging and evolving California artists.

Currents exhibits a range of media, styles and genres, displaying selected artwork of one artist per exhibition.  FLUX showcases smaller three-dimensional works of unique crafting and design.

Both of these engaging platforms serve the MMA’s mission of connecting people and art by providing a space for California artists to share their talents, cultures, and perspectives.

The new exhibits also enrich visitors’ experiences by inspiring involvement in the arts and providing fresh ideas and new trends in contemporary art.

 

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