Second Impressions, Polaroid Process to Singapore Infrared
June 22 to August 5, 2017
Public is Invited to FREE Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 21, 6 to 8 pm
The Polaroid 20×24 camera is legendary for producing large scale, exquisitely detailed and lushly colored instant imagery. Artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, Joyce Tenneson, and William Wegman have championed it. It has been used in editorial spreads for Vanity Fair and advertising shoots for Absolute Vodka and Mikimoto Pearls.
One artist took a different approach. Hired in 1980 to run the 20×24 camera for Polaroid’s program John Reuter was interested in a different characteristic of Polaroid film. From 1987 through 2002 Reuter created a unique series of images with the 20×24 camera that utilized the Image Transfer technique. This technique forgoes the sharp and saturated positive print and substitutes in its place a sheet of watercolor paper that mutes color, obscures detail and opens up the image to reworking with pastel and dry pigment. The expressive nature of these images, some created in a scale approaching 4×5 feet, draws on inspiration from pastel masters such as Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, and Francesco Clemente.
Complementing the Polaroid works are expressive images of another sort. First in 2003 with the quirky Holga camera fitted with a Polaroid back and later in 2009 with the infrared images Reuter explored the landscape in Florida, Santa Fe and Singapore. These eccentrically toned images take photographic expression in another direction, to a search for meaning in place in a moment in time, in a place that exists only in that moment.