Work by Heidi Kirkpatrick is currently on view at the Wichita Art Museum.

Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques

As the technical revolution of digital photography explodes, some artists have turned away from the speed and ease of digital imagining.

The five artists chosen for this exhibition–David Emitt Adams, Jody Ake, Ethan Turpin, Heidi Kirkpatrick, and Eric Mertens–explore previously abandoned forms of chemical photography. Going back to 19th-century manuals, these artists rediscover and reinterpret the techniques and magic of photography’s pioneers for today’s world.

HLKbyJSArtist Talk: Heidi Kirkpatrick
Thursday, Feb 26 at 6:00 pm

Heidi Kirkpatrick, whose cyanotype photographs are featured in the exhibition Five Alchemists, will talk about her unique process and her intimate subject matter. Kirkpatrick’s work explores family narratives and the physical body through the creation of interactive, photographic objects.

Kirkpatrick has exhibited widely and her work is held in numerous museum collections including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, Texas. Kirkpatrick was selected for the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and was awarded the solo show award in 2012. Her latest solo exhibition, Lost and Found, opened at the Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, California, in 2014.

 

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