October 7 – November 28, 2011

France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman
The Light At Lacock
Sun Sketches at the Twilight of Photography

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman have created a collection of paper negatives at the birthplace photography; Lacock Abbey, in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England. Using Wm. Henry Fox Talbot’s original process of photogenic drawing and his earliest camera designs, the Ostermans trod the same ground as the inventor and revisited the miracle of the first chemical sketches made by nature alone. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the negative these images were created at the twilight of photography. Along the way the couple made some discoveries of their own

Limitations of the early process and an inclement climate eventually guided the Ostermans to concentrate on photographing the effect of light that surrounds a subject rather than that which illuminates it. The results are painterly but also fugitive. As in Talbot’s time, the same light that created these images also destroys them. And so, it is only by the ironic marriage of the digital pigment print that now displaces photography that these colorful sun sketches can be exhibited for the first time.

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 7, 6-9pm
  • Third Friday Art Walk Reception: Friday, October 21, 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: November 4, 6-9pm, the artists will be present for the event and reception
  • Third Friday Art Walk: November, 18, 6-9pm
  • Artist Talk on Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm and Tintype workshop with France Scully Osterman on Sunday, November 6, 9 am – 5 pm at Art Intersection. For more information…