Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster’s new exhibit “Still Life: Photographs on Glass" debuted with a reception in New York last night at the Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery in Chelsea. Alums, friends, and art devotees came out for the event, which was held on the second floor of Schroeder Romero & Shredder’s white washed, wood-accented exhibition space. A press release for the event notes that Kolster’s "wet plate ambrotype process is indeed archaic" (the style was first developed in the 1850s) but the crisp, playful collection is anything but. Kolster estranges his audience from the familiar with his anachronistic technique — a favorite is one ambrotype, "Itiswhatitis," that renders the idiom indecipherable at first glance. Nothing is quite what it seems in this collection, which includes a series of captured fixer drips that look more like the cross sections of misshapen fauna than controlled chemical puddles. -LK (Photos by Alex Pigott ‘14)
Still Life: Photographs on Glass
Schroeder Romero & Shredder
531 West 26th St., NY
July 12 - August 10
Open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.