Arts Commons Presents
SEITIES STUDIO: The Photographic Blue
Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, Juilee Pryor
Location: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
Dates: December 5 to February 27, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #7 in the theme of Tactile Intrigue on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on February 28, 2017 from 6-9pm
Seities Studio’s The Photographic Blue comes to Window Galleries in Arts Commons this December. Showcasing the diversity of Cyanotype photography, the exhibit brings different views about female identity together with the aesthetics of traditional photography.
Featured in the exhibit are works from Jaime Erin Johnson, Emma Powell, and Juilee Pryor internationally recognized as artists in cyanotype photography. The medium of Cyanotype photography, also called blue print, uses a traditional photographic process in which an iron-based chemical emulsion is applied directly to paper by hand, and exposed using a transparent negative to ultra-violet light. This creates a blue print effect.
“The photographic blue takes a contemporary look at an old technique, with focus on the diversity of the cyanotype process, and it’s acknowledgments to feminine identity, body and spirit,” says Sanja Lukac, Executive Director of Seities Studio. “Parallel to the spirit of Anna Atkins (1799-1871) who pioneered the cyanotype process as an art form in 1843 with her illustrative botanical works, and as the first female photographer to utilize the cyanotype process in her practice.”
Jaime Johnson grew up in Mississippi where the sounds of wild animals outside her window became her daily melody. Jaime received her BFA from the University of Mississippi in Imaging Arts and her MFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University.
Emma Powell is an assistant professor of art at Colorado College. Powell graduated from the College of Wooster, and received her MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work often examines photography's history while incorporating historic processes and other devices within the imagery.
Juilee Pryor is a highly regarded Fine Artist and has exhibited her art extensively for nearly 30 years in Australia and overseas with work held in private, State and National and International Collections. Pryor has two Masters Degrees in Photo-Media and worked for many years as an Artisan and Designer as well as working as a technical assistant in Art Schools.
The Window Galleries at Arts Commons consist of seven display spaces which provide exhibition opportunities for two dimensional and sculptural works, running in three month intervals and are open to all emerging and professional artists and collectives.