September 7 - October 12, 2019
A solo exhibition featuring work by David Janesko.
“The photographs in this exhibition were made by applying black and white photography chemicals onto silver based photo paper. Each piece is unique and exploits the chemical sensitivity, instead of its light sensitivity, of the silver halide emulsion to create the imagery. I use oil mixtures as chemical resists which control the location and duration of the chemical exposure. The resultant work, commonly known as a “chemigram” was popularized in the 1950’s by Belgian artist Pierre Cordier. The process is simple: expose a piece of light sensitive paper to daylight, apply a resist, develop, which turns the transparent silver emulsion opaque and then fix, which washes away the undeveloped silver and stabilizes the print. The resist prevents the photochemistry from reacting with the paper. If I were to put a drop of olive oil onto a sheet of photo paper, then develop/fix it, I would end up with a kind of negative where the oil spot remains white and the rest is turned black.”
Opening: September 7, 2019 | 6–8 pm
3508 Lake Street
Houston, 77098 TX