Window Gazes by Andy Mattern
Opening Reception, Friday, November 3, 6-9 pm
In his artist statement, Mattern describes his creative process within the historical context of photography: “Window Gazes is a series of photographs produced in a handmade cardboard camera measuring 2x2x3 feet. Each picture is a unique print, exposed for approximately half an hour on 24×36 inch sheets of direct positive gelatin silver paper. The project is influenced by the primary inventors of photography, Niépce, Talbot, and Daguerre, who were tethered to their studios in the early experiments, where they were essentially forced to photograph out the window. Due to the long exposure times necessary on very slow emulsions, as well as the simple fact that no one knew for sure how to permanently fix an image, these innovators toiled away for years in dark rooms before find solutions to the problem. Later, of course photography would become smaller and portable, but in the beginning it was stationary, cumbersome, and uncertain. It is this final aspect, uncertainty, that I sought to encounter while on an artist residency in the remote mountains of northern New Mexico. I built my own camera, set up a makeshift darkroom, and gazed out the windows to produce my own first photographs.”
To see a brief time-lapse video of the process, please visit the link HERE
Andy Mattern is an Assistant Professor of Photography & Digital Media at Oklahoma State University. He is represented by Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York and has exhibited at Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh; Photo Center NW in Seattle; The Luminary in St. Louis; The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe; the Lawndale Art Center in Houston; Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; and, the Photographic Centre Peri in Turku, Finland. Mattern has received awards for his work including the triennial Art365 Grant and Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. His work is included in the collections of Photo Center North West, BMO Harris Bank, and the Tweed Museum of Art. He holds an MFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico.