From the earliest days of photography, artists have experimented with ways to record images without the use of a conventional camera apparatus. One of the acknowledged founders of the medium, the British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot, was among the first to make camera-less pictures this way, calling them “photogenic drawings.”
Starting with Talbot, then moving on to the surrealist “rayograms” of Man Ray and continuing with works by photographers including Robert Heinecken, Ellen Carey, Walead Beshty, and Adam Fuss, the exhibition illustrates the myriad ways in which the materials and techniques of photography can create meaning without a camera.
Out of the Box will present 50 works in this tradition, primarily drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection of photography, most of which have never been shown publicly. The exhibition is curated by Tim B. Wride, William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography and The Norton Museum of Art has been renovated, opening to the public February 6th.
Out of the Box will continue until June 18th and features work from Ellen Carey's new series titled Crush & Pull. The Norton Museum's Out of the Box sees Carey's installation of 12 images in Polaroid 20 X 24; six (6) positives with their six (6) negatives prints, seen directly below. The installation highlights Polaroid positive-to-negative, one-step, peel-away process that develops in a mere 60 seconds as well as photographic color theory (RGBYMC). The Norton is also the first museum to exhibit Carey's new Crush & Pull series while introducing Carey's experimental objects Polaroid Photograms, also a first. These artworks are a gift from the artist, to The Norton Museum of Art, in memory of her parents and brother. (www.ellencareyphotography.com)
Ellen Carey is Associate Professor of Photography, The Hartford Art School. She made these unique, experimental Polaroid artworks on UH's campus, in the Renee Samuels Center with John Reuter, Visiting Professor of Photography as well as being Director of the 20 X 24 Studio LLC (www.20x24Studio.com).