The exposed lines, which in places are shadowed pale blue due to the projected movement of the hand, are nonetheless fascinating and delicate--a bit like Anna Atkins' watery sea algae cyanotypes
of 1843 (figure 6).
Thus the critical re-edition is based on Maderna's autograph cyanotype
copy, the only remaining source.
Presenting images selected from the museum's permanent collection by curator of photographs, Russell Lord, the exhibition included a range of processes, from daguerreotypes to cyanotypes
, to photogravures, to gelatin silver, dye-transfer, and inkjet prints.
Adding to this array of mono-object categories, Opera also showed three cyanotype
canvases bearing six disembodied, gesturing hands each (Hands I, Hands II, Hands III) and one work hosting the image of a standing woman, poised at what appears to be a window, her likeness made faint by horizontal banding, as though she were veiled by a set of venetian blinds.
Blueprints on Fabric: Innovative Uses for Cyanotype
Called a cyanotype
print, this blueprint technique starts with two chemicals--ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide--which you can order through a chemical supply company (for a source, see page 127).
Categorized into traditional and alternative processes such as Cyanotype
and Albumen, B&W Effects also includes a variety of presets that offer a fun and simple way to create impressive imagery," said Nichole Paschal, senior marketing specialist for Topaz Labs.
The works show a wide variety of printing methods including platinum/palladium, cibachrome, cyanotype
, gum bichromate, polaroid image transfers, copper plate photogravure, photopolymer engravings and gelatin silver prints.
She explains how to make light-sensitive materials for developing unique digital images and techniques to transfer them to various substrates, including glass and canvas, as well as ways to make prints inspired by early processes like anthotype, cyanotype
, tintype, daguerreotype, photogravure, and Polaroid, and traditional printmaking processes like monotypes, collagraphs, and etchings.
The allusion to painting, therefore, is both in the title and in the pudding: Shades of Frankenthaler, Twombly, and Still are pervasive in these surprisingly gestural pieces chat cross the painterly histrionics of AbEx with the blue horticultural prints of early cyanotype
master Anna Atkins.
This helps add detail to new presets for alternative photographic processes like cyanotype
, lith printing, and wet plate photography.