past exhibition

Vincent Serbin

 

VINCENT SERBIN

Raw Objects Appear Life Size
...a series of photograms

April 9 - May 17, 2010

 

1 Vincent Serbin Photogram #97 2 Vincent Serbin Photogram #3 3 Vincent Serbin Photogram #105 4 Vincent Serbin Photogram #75 5 Vincent Serbin Photogram #31 6 Vincent Serbin Photogram #10 7 Vincent Serbin Photogram #94 8 Vincent Serbin Photogram #11 9 Vincent Serbin Photogram #58 10 Vincent Serbin Photogram #48 11 Vincent Serbin Photogram #76 12 Vincent Serbin Photogram #114 13 Vincent Serbin Photogram #1 14 Vincent Serbin Photogram #78 15 Vincent Serbin Photogram #50 16 Vincent Serbin Photogram #70 17 Vincent Serbin Photogram #23

 

Well-known for his unique negative collage process, Vincent Serbin has applied a similar, yet innovative, collage concept to a new series of photograms which will be the opening exhibition for the spring 2010 season at Galerie BMG in Woodstock. "Raw Objects Appear Life Size" combine ordinary objects with photographic negatives and x-rays, resulting in a fascinating exploration of scale and positive / negative conversions.

Vincent describes it as a simple process by which he places objects on a sheet of photo paper in the darkroom and exposes them to light. He then develops the paper with standard darkroom processes. In addition to the photogram technique, some of the prints were processed by spreading the developer over just certain areas of the paper, producing a free form image. He also selected sepia, selenium and blue toners to tone the prints and hand-painted some of the images with artist's oils.

While one can find symbolic meanings or references in these compositions, Vincent explains that he has composed these images with a "sense of free association and in a style that is akin to Art Brut, that is 'art without intellectual concerns' or 'raw art'. The very nature of arranging objects by hand under the dim, amber glow of the darkroom safe lights can often yield surprising results that are truly one of a kind".

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