Robin Myers:Unknown Constellations
Keliy Anderson-Staley: On a Wet Bough-Contemporary Tintype Portraits
On View August 23-October 5; ArtWalk Gallery Tour: August 23 at 6:30 PM
Galveston Arts Center is pairing with the Houston Center for Photography to present collections from two distinguished Houston-area photographers.
Robin Myers, a Houston-born artist, uses photography to make connections between our scientific understanding of the world and our human experience of it as expressed in every-day phenomena. She reveals the stars on a marble surface, the Fibonacci sequence in hands and hair, the miracle of photosynthesis in algae emerging from the deep. The crux of "Unknown Constellations" rests on photography's ability to mimic a reality that shifts seamlessly between concrete and abstract, between microscopic and cosmic. How we see and look at the world shapes the way we experience it, just as our experiences and emotions shape the way we see it.
Keliy Anderson-Staley presents a series of tintypes taken of subjects from aroundHouston. The images were created using chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes, period brass lenses and wooden view cameras. The work shows a broadly diverse collection of faces. The photographic technique requires long exposures, during which the sitter becomes deeply aware of the image they are projecting of themselves. The result prompts us to examine the role that photographic technologies have played in defining identity throughout history.
This exhibit is made possible by guest curator Alex Irvine and the Houston Center for Photography.