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FOTOWEEK: Phil Nesmith & Oliver Vernon: Double Down at Irvine Contemporary

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Gallery Event for FOTOWEEK
Phil Nesmith: Gallery Talk and Demonstration of Wet and Dryplate Photo Techniques

At Irvine Contemporary:
Thursday, November 12, 6:30-8PM

Photographer Phil Nesmith provides an inside view of the early photo processes that he has been using in his unique images. Some of the earliest photographic processes produced unique positive images on plates of silver-clad copper, glass, and tin. The film negative was many decades away when daguerrotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes were rising in popularity. In this gallery talk and demonstration artist Phil Nesmith gives an overview of this rich period in photographic history, as well as a discussion on the modern resurgence of interest in and use of 19th century processes in contemporary art. Use of early photo techniques have had a renaissance in recent decades, including some of America’s most famous contemporary artists, Chuck Close, Adam Fuss, and Virginia photographer Sally Mann.

Phil Nesmith will provide an overview of the history of these earlier techniques and discuss the processes behind his amazing new series of photograms, now on view in the gallery. View Phil Nesmith’s photograms.

Oliver Vernon: Double Down
New Paintings, Installation, and Onsite Mural

Continues through December 12

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