Rec•ord | January 6 - February 21, 2014
Artist: Jenn Libby
Jenn Libby is an installation artist who works extensively with the wet-plate collodion process and found media. She uses found objects, and both nineteenth-century and contemporary photographic processes, in a transformative act akin to a process of memory. Bits and pieces—found and original objects and images of popular and consumer culture—and are abstracted. Libby transforms them, like memories, into new objects, with new realities apart from their original materials.
Her recent work employs the wet-plate collodion process to make photograms of various found objects. These camera-less images are made in a darkroom using the light from an enlarger projected onto a sensitized plate of anodized aluminum. Light is reflected, transmitted, and refracted by the objects positioned between the light and the plate. Opaque objects create a silhouette, while transparent objects result in an image akin to an X-Ray. Each photogram is both a record and a translation of the object. It allows us to see things that were previously unseen. Walter Benjamin called this ability of photography the “optical unconscious.”
In 2005 Libby received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop. She teaches workshops in historic photographic processes and is an adjunct professor and Research Center Coordinator at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. She calls this gray city home and suspects the dearth of sunshine contributes to her enthusiasm for light.
Ornamental | Jennifer Anable
August 26 - October 11, 2013
He's Down | Lee Marchalonis
October 21-December 6, 2013
re•cord | Jenn Libby
January 6 - February 21, 2014
Paper Beyond the Page | Lauren Faulkenberry, Kerri Harding, & Suzanne Sawyer
March 3 - April 11, 2014
The Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery is located off the main lobby at the east entrance of Ohio State Morrill Hall, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302
The gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., September through May, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June through August.