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The Gallery at Vivid Solutions Presents Lisa McCarty “Some Account of Lacock Abbey”

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Oriel Window, Lacock Abbey. Pigment print from color negative. 2011. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at Vivid Solutions.

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Fotoweek DC 2011 Vivid Solutions Lisa McCarty Lacock Abbey anacostia artists washington dc galleries on east city art | OPENINGS |
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Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday November 5 from 2pm to 5pm

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Exhibit Dates: October 15 – December 16

Lisa McCarty exhibits photographs taken at Lacock Abbey, the home of William Henry Fox Talbot. Both site and subject of the first photographic negative, the Abbey is hallowed ground in the history of photography and became a point of pilgrimage for McCarty.

Artist Statement:
Once a medieval convent, Lacock Abbey is best known as the home of William Henry Fox Talbot. Tucked away in rural Wiltshire, England, the Abbey and surrounding woodland grounds became both site and subject of Talbot’s wondrous photographic experiments. It was in fact within the Abbey walls, in front of the now famous oriel window in the South Gallery, that Talbot created the first surviving photographic negative.

This past spring I traveled to Lacock Abbey and spent one sunny afternoon there with my camera. My only aim was to explore the environment that Talbot called home and perhaps capture a glimpse of what he was able to see there 175 years earlier.

As a gentleman scientist, natural philosopher, and admirer of romantic poetry, Talbot’s approach to image making was defined by a disciplined exploration of and surrender to the agency of light. He was dedicated to perfecting what he called “photogenic drawing“ but also delighted in the unexpected results he encountered along the way. In his extensive journals, correspondence, and essays Talbot states that rigorous experimentation would lead to, “consequences altogether unexpected, remote from usual experience and contrary to almost universal belief.”

My continued use of a film camera, especially a Holga whose output is often indeterminable, is a testament to Talbot’s legacy. It is still possible to embrace the “natural magic” inherent to the medium and I am continually astonished by even the possibility of fettering what Talbot called, “all that is fleeting and momentary,” in a photograph.

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday through Friday Noon – 5pm
  • Saturdays 11am to 5pm
  • By appointment.
  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays

The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is located at 2208 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE.  Contact the gallery at 202-365-8392 or visit them online at www.vividsolutions.com

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Opening Reception: November 2nd, 5-7pm
Photographers: Mark Doxey, Paddy Kelly and Jane Butler
ARCH Artists in Residency Program is hosting three Northern Irish photographers as part of an on-going cultural exchange between with Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast Exposed. As part of their two month stay, the three selected artists for this program; Mark Doxey, Jane Butler and Paddy Kelley have integrated themselves into the Anacostia community, culminating in a group exhibition at Blank Space SE. (ARCH’s residency program is funded, in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.)
Historic Anacostia also has a new public art installation that is on display for the next year. Vivid Solutions DC Print Lab printed twenty photo panels that are part of the Ward 8 Business Distrcit Beautification Project and installed on Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE. The photo panels are sponsored by DC Department of Housing and Community Development and Four Points LLC.
Artists involved with this project are: Marlon Norman, Renee Woodward, Melani Douglass, Luis Peralta, Tendani Mpulubusi El, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Jonathan French, Bruce McNeil, Deborah Terry, David Garber, Ozy Mandais, Nikki Tomeko Peele, Ashley Boyd, Andrea Hope, Shannon Holloway and Amber Robles-Gordon.
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