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About the Gallery

Aspen Hochhalter
The Reclamation of Silver Series
Opening Reception, Friday Sept 4, 6-9pm               
Exhibition Sept 3-26, 2009

Untitled Inkjet Print on Translucent Silk


The Reclamation of Silver Series images are created from discarded silver gelatin prints, reinterpreted digitally and then printed on panels of translucent silk.  The silk panels move gently in the gallery as viewers walk by, the fluid motion underscoring the often fluid like imagery.


These images are an aesthetic exploration of the remnants of my own production as a photographer working with wet processes. I am immensely curious about the chemical interactions that occur within the wet darkroom and as a result I am always trying to find new methods to create layers of imagery and texture that I can manipulate and merge with other imagery in the digital darkroom. 


Half developed or fixed and discarded prints are from my own darkroom as well as communal darkrooms. Most of the trash I’ve appropriated is completely abstract, created through the unpredictable convergence of chemical stain, light and its placement in the trash can. Other times, distorted relics from the original image peek through the chemical stain—the intended image of the photographer no longer recognizable. I utilize the digital darkroom to translate and enlarge the sometimes small scraps into large paneled pieces that magnify the textures, tonalities and the fortuitous incidents that led to this image.  The unique visual characteristics that emerge are then re-interpreted digitally until an often abstracted and serendipitous dreamscape reveals itself—they become my own photographic palimpsests—layers of old imagery created into new.


Aspen Hochhalter

Aspen is Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaching Photography in the Department of Art and Art History.  She was born and raised in Chipita Park, Colorado.  In 2001 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  In 2004, she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Photo Based Media at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. From 2004-2007 she taught a wide range of art courses at East Carolina University and Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

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