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Jon Verney: Burning at the Center of Things

Artist Talk with Jon Verney, July 25, 6:30pm

on view until August 22, 2019

Distressed photo artworkArtist Jon Verney has a unique process: he starts with old Polaroid snapshots he buys off the internet.  He then exposes these “lost and unwanted” photos to heat and steam, which interact with the old emulsion to partially collapse into chaotic and ethereally beautiful abstractions. He then uses a very complicated method of multiple layers of photography to blow up the results into large-scale prints. This produces artwork that is at once evocative of decades past and a statement of impermanence and transmutation. Included in the show is a stunning video of the chemical process of the heat breaking the emulsion down, filmed very close up – revealing a shifting, swirling microcosm that is surprisingly beautiful, oddly organic and deeply soothing. This is a must-see show!

 

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