Brittany Nelson Presents "The Year I Make Contact" at Morgan Lehman Gallery

Jan 07 2016 - Feb 20 2016


Morgan Lehman Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY




Visual Arts

Opening Reception:

Jan 07 2016

Morgan Lehman Gallery presents Brittany Nelson: The Year I Make Contact, a methodological critique of photographic material practice, and her first solo show with the gallery.

This body of work is an intricate experimentation with the 19th century negative reversal process of Mordançage. Toxic mixtures of chemicals react to the silver content of the paper, subsequently destroying its intended functionality. Nelson takes the involved materials, negatives and silver gelatin, once too precious to afford experimentation, and explores their unbounded formal potential. Altering the associated process drastically, she captures a moment in the negative’s chemical activity via scanner and expands the four by five inch negative to a large-scale chromogenic print. Isolated from the reaction and its dimensionality the violence of the process is apparent in the resulting patterns and uniform darkness of the works.

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