Jun 4th 2022

Suzanne Metzel: Still Life

@ Perspective Gallery

1310-1/2B Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Opening Saturday, June 4th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Sunday, June 26th

In recent years digital photography has significantly changed how we make images. Though I am deeply grateful for the many conveniences of Photoshop and my digital camera, I still yearn for both the hands-on experience of making art and the magic of the reveal. With the help of a UV exposure unit I transfer images to a photopolymer steel backed plate, process the plate in water and then ink and print the images using an etching press. In the darkroom the magic occurs as the image slowly appears in the developer. For printmakers, it is the moment one pulls the print away from the plate. The process is slow, laborious, and hands on.
Anxious to once again retreat into my basement printmaking studio I chose to revisit an old subject, still life of natural subjects. The images in this series are “portraits” of some of my favorite things and the photopolymer gravure technique is a perfect compliment to their natural beauty.

The exhibit opens on Thursday, June 2 with a public reception on Saturday, June 4 from 5-7 p.m.  Chema and Metzel will give an artist talk on June 16. The show closes June 26.Perspective Group and Photography Gallery is a not-for-profit, community-oriented cooperative of fine art photographers whose purpose is to promote fine art photography. In addition to monthly exhibitions and artist talks, the gallery features: Perspectives on Photography, a guest speaker lecture series; Lens, a national juried exhibition; an annual invitational show; Vicinity, a juried exhibition of photographers from the greater Chicago area; and, Student Perspectives, an annual, juried show for Chicago-area high school students.

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