Note: Works by Eirik Johnson/Daniel Carrillo courtesy the artists, G. Gibson Gallery + Greg Kucera Gallery
Photographic artists Daniel Carrillo and Eirik Johnson have worked in direct collaboration to create a series of full and half-plate daguerreotypes depicting the geometric forms of unfolded origami structures and paper airplanes. Both fathers of young children, Johnson and Carrillo have used their collaboration to explore childhood obsession and playful creativity. Working with the mirror-like and iridescent surface of the daguerreotype plate, the flattened two-dimensional forms take on the illusion of depth and dimensionality. The works evoke architectural structures, mysterious iconography, and jewel-like graphic formations.
Eirik Johnson is a Seattle-based photographer and mixed-media artist. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Aperture Foundation in New York, and The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. More recently, photographic and sculptural works from Eirik’s Mushroom Camps series were included in Tacoma Art Museum’s 2016 NW Art Now exhibit. This is our fifth solo exhibit with Eirik Johnson.
Eirik has received numerous awards including a 2014 Art Matters Grant, 2012 Neddy at Cornish Award in Open Medium, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000. His work is in the permanent collections of several institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; and the National Fulbright Organization, Washington, D.C.. Eirik’s work is also included in the Paul Sack Collection, San Francisco, CA; Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA; Joseph and Elaine Monsen Collection. Seattle, WA; Artist & Special Book Collection, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; National Institute of Culture, Lima, Peru; Centro de la Imagen, Lima, Peru; and most recently the Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA.
Eirik Johnson’s second monograph Sawdust Mountain was published by Aperture in 2009. His first book Borderlands was published by Twin Palms Press in 2005. Johnson’s editorial work has appeared in publications including the New York Times Magazine, Metropolis, Dwell, Audubon, GQ, and the Wall Street Journal.
Eirik lives and works in Seattle, along with his wife, dog and two young boys. Currently, Johnson serves as Programs Chair at the Photographic Center Northwest and affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. He is also a member of the Piece of Cake Collective, a photographers’ cooperative based both in North America and Europe.
Daniel Carrillo is an Intaglio printmaker and antique process portrait photographer specializing in Daguerreotypes and Wet Plate Collodion. Born in Mexico and raised in California, he moved to Seattle in 1997. His work has been exhibited in Greg Kucera Gallery, Western Washington Viking Union Gallery, SOIL Gallery, Davidson Galleries, Gallery 110, Sev Shoon, CoCA , Shenzhen, China, Some Space, Gage Academy, Skagit Valley College, and has been included in several juried exhibitions.
Daniel lives and works in Seattle, along with his wife, two young boys and a puppy. He is an instructor at the Photographic Center Northwest, and the proprietor of Gallery Frames in Pioneer Square.
Here is a link to a video on the craft of daguerreotype:
Documenting the daguerreotype process of Seattle-based photographer Dan Carrillo.