“Remnants” Exhibit Catalog is Here!

Kaden and I are pleased that the Remnants exhibit is featured in a beautiful catalog, now available here! Many thanks to Michael Granger at LightBox Photographic.

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Jurors’ Statement:

For “Remnants,” we wished to put together an exhibition that showcases the experimental and innovative possibilities in antiquarian photography, while placing an emphasis on the crafting of the physical object.

The artists in this exhibition have each made a deliberate choice to step into the obscure and exciting world of analog photography in pursuit of their own artistic vision. A vision that is distinctly contemporary and avant-garde even as it revisits the past. A vision that rises above process (for process sake): Where the artist integrates historic technology into the narrative and uses it to shape the experience of the viewer.

Playful children are superimposed onto a forgotten playground covered by a tangle of vines, the disjointed chronology and chromatic effects suggesting remembrance and loss.

A ghost-like figure in a white gown, head invisible, arms stretched as if feeling her way through the enveloping darkness.

A male nude materializes from bands of partially applied emulsion, simulating beams of intimate light gently illuminating a beloved.

The imprint of a mummified bird, avian bones hanging like chimes: Echoes of shamanic rituals.

Still life with a scale: Distorted image of an infant floating inside a bottle is weighed against a single egg in a bird’s nest.

It is evident that artists featured in this exhibit know their craft. The investments in time and the appreciation for the handmade photograph are palpable in each image. These artists are also eager to experiment in order to construct a personal vocabulary from a palette of artifacts, as a painter might. Each unique art piece embodies the tension between chance and control, entropy and order – as if reflecting on the very nature of life.

We wish to thank everyone who submitted their work and to congratulate all artists selected to participate in this exhibit.

Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer and Kaden Kratzer

Congratulation to the Photographers exhibiting in “Remnants”!

Kaden and I are overwhelmed by the quality of work submitted and overjoyed to put together an exhibition that represents at least 20 historic processes, making”Remnants” a unique survey of contemporary antiquarian photography! Congratulations to all exhibiting photographers and a special thanks to Michael and Chelsea Granger at LightBox Photographic Gallery!

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Artists exhibiting:

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Christina Z. Anderson – Swing Set II – Jurors Award

Alex Boyd, Christina Z. Anderson, Angie Brockey, Allan Barnes, Mariana Bartolomeo, Claudio Santambrogio, Diana Bloomfield, Robert Dutruch, Jill Enfield, Libby Bulloff, Stephen Robinson, Ross Faircloth, Diane Fenster, Filipe da Veiga Ventura Alves, Jim Fitzgerald, Matthew Larson, Jason Lazarus, Jocelyn Mathewes, Melanie Walker, Eric Mertens, Michelle Rogers Pritzl, Peter Moxhay, Heather Oelklaus, Jalo Porkkala, Beverly Raynor, Rebecca Sexton Larson, Paula Riff, Robert Schaefer, Sara Silks, S. Gayle Stevens, Susan Huber, Tony Sehgal, Terry Towery, Valerie Burke, Casey Waters, James Weber, Jacqueline Webster, Jeanne Wells, Jane Wiley, Zoe Zimmerman, Addison Brown, Ryan Zoghlin, Bill Vaccaro, Jesseca Ferguson, Alan Bekhuis.

“Winged Synchronicity”

I am excited to share that Kaden and I will exhibit together concurrent with “Remnants” (09/10-10/4/2016)! Many thanks to Michael Granger of LightBox Photographic for the invitation.

WINGED SYNCHRONICITY 

Winged Synchronicity features contemporary photographic works by Kaden Kratzer and Nadezda Nikolova-Kratzer rendered in antiquarian processes, including wet plate collodion and albumen printing. As partners in art and life, Kaden and Nadezda share a visual aesthetic and an ongoing curiosity with cicadae, dragonflies, and other winged insects.

Mysterious and able to move between earth, water and air, flying insects have inspired fables, myths and symbolic interpretation since ancient times. They conjure up universal themes of change and self-realization, spiritual transformation and enlightenment, lifecycles and immortality… This body of work is partly an intuitive reaction to beautiful and beautifully grotesque natural forms and partly an intentional reference to symbols. The photogram technique and the antiquarian substrates serve to deepen the aura of metaphor and otherworldliness that envelops these liminal creatures.

Peculiarly, some of these images were created in disparate times and places, before Kaden and Nadezda knew each other or of each other’s art. It is only fitting that their debut as an art duo celebrates this seemingly meaningful coincidence – a winged synchronicity of sort.