Julie Weber: re | process
August 8 – September 9, 2022
McHenry County College
Galleries One & Two (Building A, Room A212x)
Julie Weber is a visual artist working conceptually within the framework of photography. Weber is interested in how images take form and materialize into physical objects. Predominantly cameraless, her work considers how materials can image themselves by depicting their own process.
In re | process, Weber works with exhausted spools of thin, transparent polyester coated with heat-sensitive cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes. This material forms the basis of the dye-sublimation process behind commercial print labs and was collected by Weber during a time when she worked in a one-hour photo lab. Once expended, the transparent printer ribbons appear as negatives, bearing the delicate tracings of the images they produced.
This body of work is the result of revisiting, repurposing, and reimaging this archive of material byproduct through an oscillation of digital and analogue photographic modalities. Rather than focusing on clear depiction of the original images left on the ribbon, Weber uses the material to form new images that depict visual cues of their own making, referencing the very processes that created them. Through methodical application of color, tone, shape, layering, and repetition, photographic material and process are pulled to the fore where they are inseparable from subject matter.
Reception with the Artist:
Thursday, September 8, 3:30-5:30pm (Weber will give an informal gallery tour at 3:30pm — free and open to the public)