DNJ Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, “Photograms: Uniquely Simple,” a group show curated by artist Darryl Curran. The exhibition features the work of nine artists who have explored a minimal, straightforward process—the photogram. By definition, “a photogram is a kind of photograph, although made without a camera or lens by placing an object or objects on top of a piece of paper or film coated with light-sensitive materials and then exposing the paper to film or light.” Experimentation with this simple process produces complex visual wonders when manipulated by creative artists.
Marsha Red Adams, Chichen Itza' Dream,
1996, GSP photogram + negative generated image, 20”x20”
Guest curator, Darryl Curran, lives and works in Los Angeles. For the past forty years he has sought to expand the definition of ‘photography’ to include experiments of the medium in its many forms, including camera and film, light as subject, camera-less image-making, obsolete photographic printing processes and scanner as camera. Curran’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art; the International Museum of Photography/George Eastman House; Fogg Museum, Harvard University and others. His work has been shown nationally and internationally
Gallery II presents a solo exhibition of new work by Darryl Curran. “Daily Dose” includes 365 autobiographic gum-pigment photograms created every day in 2007. The disciplined process tracks Curran’s artistic choices (color palette, type of objects-- kitchen, office or garden, mechanical or organic, and multi-color or single, etc.) and creates a document of the objects, juxtapositions, associations, and the fine distinction of light and shadow that preoccupied the artist over the course of one year. The work in the exhibition is a credit to the process and the system.
Darryl Curran, Owl, Poinsettia,
Leaf, 2007, cyantotype with
multi-color gum pigment print, 30" x 15"