George Waters Gallery Features Contemporary Photographers

September 15 2017
Category: The Arts

George Waters Gallery Features Contemporary Photographers 

The community is invited to the first exhibition of the academic year at the George Waters Gallery, titled “Alternative Photo Processes.” The exhibition, on display September 21 through October 13, features artwork from a select group of contemporary photographers.

Each piece was created through historical or non-silver photo processes, including cyanotypes on cloth and paper, gum bichromate with embroidery, and xerographic prints. The featured artists find these alternative processes suited to their expressive, and often tactile, sensibilities.

The community is invited to meet some of the artists at the opening reception on Thursday, September 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the George Waters Art Gallery.

Artist Michelle Cade will give an informal lecture and conduct a cyanotype demonstration on Friday, September 22 for the Photography I students at the Gannett-Tripp Library. Those interested in attending should contact Jan Kather for more information.

Regular viewing hours for the exhibit are noon to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the George Waters Art Gallery located in the Campus Center at Elmira College.

Artwork by John Wood

Laurie Sieverts Snyder received her bachelors of fine arts from Cornell University, and her masters of fine arts from Syracuse University, and has taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. In 1993, she moved to Baltimore to teach photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Recently retired, she moved back to Ithaca, New York, after serving as the Chairman of the Photography Department at MICA from 2008 to 2014. She has exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Cornell University, Pyramid Atlantic, The Smithsonian Museum, Maryland Arts Council, Goucher College, Loyola University, University of Kentucky, and at the Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington, D.C. Laurie was married to photographer, John Wood, and collaborated with him in creating artist books. Much of Laurie's subject matter is plant based as she lives and gardens in rural Ithaca. Aside from her own cyanotype prints, quilt, and handmade books in this exhibition, she has also loaned a handmade book that she created from some of Wood's discarded photographs.   

John Wood was an artist’s artist. He was a quiet, unassuming man, making art every day one way or another. He spent 35 years teaching photography and printmaking to a devoted group of students at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, New York. He passed away in 2012. Trained as a visual designer and photographer at the Institute of Design in Chicago, John’s work freely moves between conceptual and visual exploration. He made his own style with references to concrete poetry, minimalism, conceptualism, and graphic expression. At a time, when specialization in art was the norm, he exhibited work in photography, drawing, printmaking and artist’s books. More of his works can be seen at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery website.

Artwork by Laurie Sieverts Snyder

Betty Hahn’s “Mejo: Passport Photo” was acquired at auction by the Elmira College Photography Department in the late 1970s. Betty Hahn is best known for her explorations of alternative processes in photography, as evidenced in this embroidered gum-bichromate on cotton print. Printing onto fabrics allowed her to use embroidery to highlight certain aspects of the photograph while referencing the feminist issue of the anonymity of women's handicraft. By incorporating embroidery and stitching, she pushed the audience of 1970, and today, to acknowledge the work of women not as craft or tradition, but as meticulous, creative and unique. Her work is held within the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Center for Creative Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum of Art among many others. She is represented by Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California.

Artwork by Betty Hahn

Michelle Cade contributed cyanotypes on cloth that become flowing environmental sculptures. Additionally she is showing cyanotypes of natural objects intimately presented in embroidery frames. Her pieces are designed to elicit an emotional reaction from the viewer, while allowing them to also connect to their own past memories, whether they be joyful or sorrowful, real or imagined.  She is a 2014 master of fine arts graduate of the University of the Arts (Philadelphia, PA) after studying photography and art history at California State University (San Bernardino) as an undergraduate. She has also studied at the European University of Madrid (Spain). Michelle currently teaches at a community darkroom called "Project Basho" and works in the photo archives at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), an internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum in Philadelphia. 

Artwork by Michelle Cade

Jean Locey, Cornell University professor, is a master teacher in the field of traditional film photography and alternative processes. Jean’s art is an exploration of her histories as a woman, often exploring the intersection of the sexual and the spiritual. Her use and reuse of symbol and artifact, of ideology and convention, from one civilization to the next question the definitions of myth; myth in its strict sense of visual iconography; myth as fanciful, fictitious, unhistorical; myth as traditional and legendary stories. The recipient of numerous awards and grants Jean has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a resident at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony multiple times and received an NEA grant. Her work is in the collections of MoMA, New York City, the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, as well as other public and private collections. Jean is Professor of Art and former chair of the Department of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 

Artwork by Jean Locey