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Photo Objects & Small Prints: Laurie Tümer, Ernie Button & Ronald Cowie

Opening to some great feedback, Photo Objects & Small Prints is currently on view at photo-eye Gallery. The exhibition includes work from twenty-one different artists, including two jewelers, all working in the photographic medium in unique and interesting ways. Over the course of the exhibition, we are going to highlight the work of two to three artists every week. Each artist will offer some words about their piece(s) included in the show.  –Erin Azouz

Laurie Tümer
Laurie Tümer
Left: Laurie as Desert Bird of Paradise, 7"x10"
Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 20
Right: Works on Rock, Various sizes
Each rock is unique
"Works on Rock, silver prints on rock surfaces were inspired after a trek to a remote area in north Africa to see the legendary rock art of the Tassili. My rock surfaces were coated with light sensitive chemistry and processed like paper in the darkroom. The round rocks are from a single negative of me. The botanicals (from my garden) on pavers are photograms. I no longer make these, and what you see are the last of hundreds made over a 10 year period.


This self-portrait, Laurie as Desert Bird of Paradise, was made for Axle Contemporary's recent exhibition of New Mexico photographers Autophotography. The photograph speaks of light and the photographer's eye that sends out tentacles becoming seeds for images and food for thought. The flower is from my yard; it is a desert Bird of Paradise." –Laurie Tümer

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Ernie Button
Ernie Button, Glengoyne 116, 15"x15"
Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 20
"I’ve been creating images for the Vanishing Spirits portfolio on and off for about 8 years now. What I found through some experimentation is that these patterns and ultimately the images that are seen can be created with the small amount of Single Malt Scotch left in a glass after most of it has been consumed. The alcohol dries and leaves the sediment in various patterns. It’s a little like snowflakes in that every time the Scotch dries, the glass yields different patterns and results. The amount of Scotch used to create these images is roughly 2 to 4 drops. If I can see the amber color of the Scotch, I’ve left too much. I have used different colored lights to add 'life' to the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape: terrestrial or extraterrestrial. The images included in the Photo Objects and Small Prints exhibition reference more of the celestial as if the image was taken of space; something that the Hubble telescope may have taken or an image taken from a satellite looking down on Earth. However, upon closer inspection, they still maintain the fine, rhythmic lines with the hills and valleys that reference the terrestrial landscape." –Ernie Button

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Read about Vanishing Spirits on Wired here.


Ronald Cowie
Ronald Cowie, Kingdom of Obviousness, 8"x10"
Platinum Print, Edition of 24
"My name is Ron Cowie and I am a photographer and a platinum printer. I love making images of the landscape that evoke lines of poetry or prose. These three images from the portfolio Leaving Babylon are good examples of what can happen when I just lighten up and have some fun. Each image is originally made from a large format camera negative and printed in platinum. I love the slow process but am not a fan of all the interior 'monologue' that gets to catch up with me as I look for the shot. I've learned to trust the highly critical voice as a sign that I'm on to something new and correct. I don't pretend these images are incredibly profound, but I find them interesting to experience as viewer. When I get out of the way of the process, I make images I need to see. They help me to understand, however falteringly, my place in this beautiful world." –Ronald Cowie

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Photo Objects & Small Prints runs through February 1, 2014 at photo-eye Gallery. Please contact gallery@photoeye.com for more information, or call 505-988-5152 ext. 202.

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