July 13, 2013 through August 06, 2013

Erin Malone - “The Park”

Please join us on Saturday evening July 13, 2013 6-9pm for the artists’ reception of our Summer Showcase,
and help us welcome the artists who are opening with three separate new bodies of work.
Bill Vaccaro – “The Things She Left Behind” • Erin Malone “The Park” • Michael Kirchoff “Fractured View”

The Park

We set out to fool ourselves that we are in the country—that we are experiencing an “untamed wilderness”. Yet around the corner, just over the rise, lie hints of the outside world. Concrete. Highways. Cars. Steel and glass buildings. The landscapes of the city, of urban and industrialized development peek through the trees. The park within the urban environs seeks to give us a place to get away from the harried, frenzied madness that rushes around us, yet, we can’t get away from the hand of man. There is always evidence of the human hand, whether people through the trees, structures intended to tame and make the landscape safe or even marring by graffiti and destruction.
The park is a planned experience, regardless of how wild it feels. The paths are planned, the hills may be as well and often the woods are crafted with just enough freedom to feel as if you are away, in the wilderness, without having to actually experience the danger of the real wild. Occasionally, you can get lost in the woods and feel that excitement of what is just around the bend, just over the next hill, just through the break in the trees. This series of images explores the relationship of wildness and the planned nature of the park experience and the hand of man even in the seemingly pristine landscape.

All images are printed in a limited edition of 5 in hand applied Palladium with 3 artist proofs.

The body of work, The Park, has been photographed with a vintage 1953 twin-lens-reflex Rolleiflex camera on 120mm (6×6) film. The negatives are scanned into my computer and minimal digital darkroom work is done – maybe some light dodging and burning.
The images are made with a digital negative with hand mixed palladium emulsions. Each image is unique and the chemistry mixed based on the needs of the negative. The print is exposed on a UV lightbox and developed, cleared and washed in an archival method.


Erin Malone Bio

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