In October we hosted a Carbon Printing workshop led by Dennis L. Collins. Dennis was able to lead our participants through this tricky process from start to finish – sensitizing carbon tissues with potassium dichromate, exposing the tissue with a negative, transferring the exposed tissue to the support sheet, and developing the print. Our students got hands-on experience making prints, as well as lots of practice trouble-shooting, which will better prepare them for continuing this process on their own. Each student made beautiful prints, and all learned to find the beauty in mistakes!
Dennis demonstrates the process of sensitizing carbon tissues to light using potassium dichromate
As the carbon print “develops,” un-hardened carbon pigment floats away – leaving the image remaining!
Several participants experimented with salvaging the used carbon tissue, to interesting effects
The same print is shown here printed on white and black paper, creating a cool contrast. The image on the black paper is viewable only when held against light
Dennis discusses the participants’ final prints after two days of hard work
Thank you to all of our incredible guests, artists, and patrons who helped us celebrate Off the Wall 2017 this past Saturday! Your support for what we do is invaluable, and we are full with gratitude. Here’s to another year of bringing art to life!
We got experimental in the lab this weekend during our Mordançage workshop with Jace Becker! This free-form, intuitive process process physically lifts the darkest parts of a silver gelatin emulsion, forming delicate veils. The veils can be manipulated or removed, allowing for endless creative opportunities. Our participants played around with a variety of techniques, achieving one-of-a-kind results with each print.
Jace demonstrated processing silver gelatin prints in mordançage solution, water rinsing baths, and developer. The mordançage chemistry bleaches the prints as it’s lifting the emulsion, requiring the print to be re-developed to bring back the image.
After the print has been washed, the lifted gelatin emulsion can be manipulated to add visual interest, motion, or abstract shapes to the image. We used cotton balls, hypodermic needles filled with water, compressed air, and hairdryers to place the veils exactly where we wanted them to go.
This print is slowly being re-developed – the tan parts of the print were originally black!
Cesar Laure had some interesting results with this half-mordançaged photogram – the altered portion of the print is on the right.
Beautiful print by Susan Berger
Prints by Suzanne Fallender displaying a range of different colors achieved by placing developing prints out in the sunlight.
We can’t wait to see what our students make with this process!
We had such a wonderful, colorful day with Andy Burgess during his Fine Art Collage workshop with us! Andy pushed his students out of their comfort zones and really opened the floodgates of creativity for them, and their work shows it. Bravo, all!
In our Exploring Photography and Darkroom Photography for Teens summer camps we experimented with all the possibilities of photography!
Our Exploring Photography students shot images on 35mm film, processed it themselves, and printed their images in the darkroom – many of them for the first time ever. They also took digital pictures, edited them in Adobe Photoshop, and made beautiful inkjet prints of their photos. They learned manual SLR camera functions like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, which are used in both film and digital capture, and played around with composition, lighting, and varying perspectives. With these tools, our students are ready to dig deeper into their preferred photographic medium and really become pros!
Our Darkroom Photography students shot 35mm, 120mm, and even 4×5″ film, spanning the range of film formats from casual to professional. They each captured photos relating to a project concept of their own choosing, allowing them to flex their artistic muscles in finding or creating images. Once they processed all that film, they put in some dedicated time in the darkroom printing their work, even learning advanced techniques like split-filter printing. In the end, each student left with 3-4 perfect prints for their portfolio.
At the end of all our photography camps we pin up everyone’s work from the week and reflect on our successes and challenges. It’s at this time that the immense creative drive and talent our students posses really shines.
We had a blast this summer sharing our love of photography with young artists!
In our Photo Zines for Teens camp this summer, three lucky teenagers got the chance to self-publish their own zine (short for magazine) of their images! Zines are a fantastic tool for self-expression and artistic exploration, allowing young artists to see a project through from start to finish, work collaboratively, and create a finished product that can be enjoyed by anyone.
After familiarizing themselves with zine culture and the amazing variety and craftsmanship of modern zines, our students set to work creating their own.
We edited their photos down to the very best and arranged them in a sequence that had a visual and conceptual flow between the images – we like to think that a book or zine is less a collection of photos and more of a visual story!
Our teens then created their zine layout digitally in Adobe Indesign, adding in hand-drawn or written elements to accompany the pictures.
Each student printed three copies of their zine to keep or trade, and left one each to the Art Intersection Zine Library, where they can be enjoyed by anyone who visits!
It was cool in the galleries, especially with root beer floats made with Joe’s BBQ homemade root beer.
Over forty members showed their work in this year’s No Strangers exhibition, and over one-hundred visitors joined us for the opening reception to see the art made by our member community.
Every year Art Intersection puts out a call for work to our Sponsor level and above members to have their work curated into the No Strangers exhibition. This year there are about one-hundred pieces of art in this exhibition.
Below are images from the opening reception. We tried to catch all of the members, but we were too slow or they were camera shy.
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It was a warm and busy night at Art Intersection for the opening of All Art Arizona. Almost 300 people joined us and met many of the exhibiting artists. Here are some images from that wonderful evening.
Be sure to visit the exhibition page to see the All Art Arizona online gallery. All Art Arizona 2017
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The seventh annual Emerge exhibition opened with many of the photographers present to talk about themselves and their work. These are all student photographers enrolled in Arizona high schools, home schools, community colleges, art schools, and universities across the state. Clare Benson, a local photographer, interdisciplinary artist and educator, juried this year’s show.
This link takes you to see the Emerge online gallery. Emerge
As part of our mission to support emerging artists, these student photographers have the opportunity to show their work in theArt Intersection North and South Galleries.
In addition to the exhibition, prizes were awarded for Best in Show, sponsored by Through Each Others Eyes, Best of Post-High School, sponsored by Tempe Camera, and Best of High School, sponsored by local patrons Kelly and Dennis Collins. INFOCUS, the Photography Support Group of the Phoenix Art Museum, will award a Student Membership to each of the three winners.
About the Juror – Clare Benson is a photographer and interdisciplinary artist from the United States. Her work has been exhibited and screened throughout the US and internationally. Benson earned her MFA at University of Arizona in Tucson, and her BFA at Central Michigan University.
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If you have ever worked in a printing studio, you are well-acquainted with the smell of printmaking ink; we were happy to break out the aprons and gloves and enjoy that intoxicating aroma of creativity for a full weekend!
During our Photogravure Workshop with Karen Hymer, our participants got to transform their images with ink into handmade prints. Where traditional copper plate photogravure is time-consuming and requires toxic chemicals, the modern SolarPlate method is much more simple, using only sunlight and water! After exposing their SolarPlate etching plates to UV light under a digitally-printed positive transparency of their image, participants “developed” away in water the areas of their plates not hardened by the sun. Once dry, the plates were ready to be inked and run through our 1870’s etching press! Our students learned how to test for proper exposure of their plates, and they even got to customize their ink and paper choices for printing.
The Open Studio that followed the workshop brought the return of several Art Intersection students of past workshops, reuniting friends in a fun, creative atmosphere. We love hosting Open Studios!
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