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"The Part You Throw Away: John Beaver and Teresa Saska"
2006-07-01 until 2006-07-29
Ohio Art League
Columbus, OH, USA United States of America

At the Ohio Art League during July, 2006, in The Part You Throw Away artists John Beaver and Teresa Saska explore the interplay between the fleeting transience of the living subject and the permanent flatness of a photographic object.  The images in this exhibition are printed with a digital technology that prides itself upon its reproducibility; an infinite number of prints can be made that are identical even at the microscopic level.  But this perfect reproducibility begs the question: What does a limited edition mean when every bit of microscopic detail of the final print is stored somewhere on an optical disc?

 In The Part You Throw Away the focus in placed on the original interplay between light and the light sensitive emulsion; the print a record of what took place.  Using Polaroid, the artists arrive at images rich with happy accidents, but for which it would have been impossible to make prints without modern digital techniques.  

Scanning the “negative” side of peel-apart Polaroid film forms many of the images.  The part normally thrown away is therefore the ultimate source of the image, and the Polaroid print itself is discarded.  The paper negative is then scanned wet, within a very short time of the original exposure, and the scanning process permanently destroys the negative.  The virtual is all that’s left.  The Part You Throw Away celebrates the rich textures and solarized, strange accidents that invariably arise when pulling an image off of the typically “irrelevant” portion of the Polaroid film.  As the curator states, “Digital is killing film, but without it most of the images in The Part You Throw Away could not exist.  Film is dead.  Long live film!”


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