Trident Gallery Presents Pale Shadows: Cameraless Images by Pamela Ellis Hawkes, 3/21
GLOUCESTER, Mass., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Trident Gallery is pleased to present "Pale Shadows: Cameraless Images by Pamela Ellis Hawkes," an exhibition of cyanotypes, tintypes, and pigment prints captured without a camera. An Artist's Reception will be held Saturday, March 29 th, 5:00pm-7:00pm.
In 2008, Polaroid stopped production of Type 55 film, which Hawkes had used for twenty years. After experiments with digital cameras, she realized that her passion for photography is in the process of creating a unique, hand-made final print. Hawkes resolved to forgo cameras entirely.
"Though changing her medium abruptly, Hawkes has continued to develop the artistic vision she has explored throughout her career," said Matthew Swift, director, Trident Gallery. "This is a vision which questions the perceived realities within photographs; explores the elusive points of contact between reality, memory, and imagination; and participates in the ageless calling of artists to preserve and honor the ephemeral, to fix fleeting shadows and transmute loss into beauty."
As Pliny the Elder retells the legend, the first painting was created by a woman who, deeply in love with a man soon to depart on a long journey, traced the shadow of his profile on a wall. In our later age crowded with mechanical images, the works of art in "Pale Shadows" retain the memory of touch, the aura of something unique now lost to time: an ancestor's translucent dress and apron have the volume of ghosts; a discarded piece of plastic is revealed to be so delicate and beautiful that it seems biological, a metaphor for all that is evanescent; and remembered flowers are re-imagined in vivid, improbable geometries.
Pamela Ellis Hawkes lives and works in Rockport, Massachusetts. Solo exhibitions of her work have been shown at Pepper Gallery, the Photographic Resource Center, the Houston Center for Photography, the Griffin Museum of Photography,the Rockport Art Association, and other venues. Her work can be found in prestigious collections, including the Addison Gallery of American Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Danforth Museum of Art; the Polaroid Collection; and the Boston Public Library.
Trident Gallery is a showcase for the contemporary art of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and its exhibitions have a leading role in the vital arts scene of Cape Ann, a region with an extraordinary artistic legacy and continuing national importance. TridentGallery.com
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