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"Sabattier Revisited by Bolivian Photographer Gonzalo Contreras"
2006-05-09 until 2006-05-28
Corporación Cultural de Las Condes
Santiago, , CL Chile

On May 9th, at the Corporación Cultural de Las Condes will present the exhibit: Sabattier Revisited by Bolivian photographer Gonzalo Contreras, solarized color photographs printed on canvas. The Gallery has selected for the third time Gonzalo’s work, showing in each occasion a totally different installation, and as always photography based on Water. This time, in addition to the printed work, 4 virtual audiovisuals will be shown, with a compilation of the solarized work and rock music, as well as commercial spots, an edition especially made for the event and sponsors, based on Gonzalo’s images and virtually tailored.

Also during the same month, Gonzalo’s work with additional images will be exhibited at ArsLatino Gallery on the commercial district of Santiago. (http://www.tacomal.com/index.php?view=foto)

Following is an introduction made by the photographer.

Sabattier Revisited

Some time ago I went to a seminar on technological innovation. One of the speakers, a musician named Rip Keller, demonstrated a technique for seeing things differently. He had analyzed well-known classical compositions by eliminating notes that were essentially ornaments to the melody, rather than part of its structure. What was left was, in effect, a re-interpretation of the piece, sometimes so radical as to be unrecognizable.

On my way home, I said to myself, what would happen if I did the same with my photography. As all my work is now digitized, I could use technology to do the same concept.

I tried different software that would allow me to edit the large image files of my photographs (450 Megabytes each), only a few hexadecimal editors would let me handle these large sizes, and the outcome was not editable on any of the photo editing software.

Finally I decided to use the Sabattier Effect, which basically modifies the densities of the 3 basic colors that compose a picture, enhancing layers of information hidden within the structure and eliminating certain colors (the ornaments) producing unexpected images. Obviously I used the digital version of the Sabattier effect; this is the outcome. Some of the work shown here was previous presented at an exhibit, but printed on photographic paper, today I am using Canvas as the supporting element, in a large format as I like best.

Also, this is the second time I present during the exhibit an audiovisual on how I visualized originally the show. I will be showing 3 versions: the original idea, an adjusted version to this gallery and a new version that I enjoyed preparing along with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

As usual the recommendation to view my photographs is to have a glass of read wine on hand and rock music in the background.

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar [ May 2006 ]

Gonzalo Contreras del Solar has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since May 2004. View more of his work in his portfolio at: http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/t/tacomal/.

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