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James Holroyd - "Flora"
James Holroyd   
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 28, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm

Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by James Holroyd entitled Flora.

Flora continues Holroyd's exploration of the materiality of photographic  imaging. It has facilitated both a move from pinhole to primitive lens  photography and the exploration of the physical properties and creative  potential of cyanotype on wood panel. Employing a singlet primitive lens  made with a commercially available lens component, an artist built  sliding box camera was used to shoot 4"x5" film negatives. The lens and  the camera, inspired by Alan Greene's Primitive Photography: A Guide to Making Cameras, Lenses and Calotypes, produced images with optical properties similar to photographs from the  1840-1860's. Because cyanotype is a contact printing process, the  negative must be the same size as the desired print. The transition from  a 4"x 5" negative to a grid of larger internegatives necessitated a  digital stage. Thus, digital inkjet internegatives are employed in the  darkroom to produce the cyanotype positives where the cyanotype solution  is painted directly onto the wood surface and exposed to UV light.  These positives are then tiled together to create the larger final  prints.

The  scale of an art work affects the viewer's perception of its subject.  This shift in scale, together with the effects of the camera's optics  and cyanotype's intense, deep Prussian blue color make the  representations of these flowers seem simultaneously familiar and  foreign. The elegance of the flowers' inherent design resonates with the  random organic patterns of the wood grain on which the images are  printed. Using alternative photographic processes for the capture and  printing of these images creates a warm and unpredictable "hand-made"  quality that allows the photographs in this exhibition to float in a  limbo between past and present.

Holroyd has a Masters Degree in English literature and teaches in the Artstream program, a joint project between Bow Valley College and the Alberta College of Art and Design.