Friday, May 29, 2009
Clark had already recorded, or would soon record in LIFE Magazine, many of the images by which we remember the 20th century. Clark literally captured moments in time when the country music fans of fifty years ago lined up and the stars revved up for an evening at the Opry at The Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.
Ed Clark's Opry series contains over 100 images. The photographs were neither printed nor published at the time. The negatives were tucked away in obscurity until 1994 when a chance discovery led to the development of a collectors' portfolio of selected images. Photographs from Clark's personal collection, including the entire Opry series, can be seen at The Arts Company so come in and visit!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
With only one more week until Brother Mel is here for FirstArtSaturday you can feel the energy lifting in the gallery. His new works are being hung downstairs and should be up by this weekend. The works are a great mix of paintings in both acrylic and watercolor and of sculpture- rust works and some painted metal. In addition to these exciting and fresh works, we will be previewing the Brother Mel book in its full form on our Apple TV that will be positioned amongst the art. It will be a perfect combination of artist, art, and books that evening. Here is another page from the Brother Mel book to check out! Enjoy and come visit us on June 6 from 6-9PM!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
We hope you enjoy!
Can't wait to see everyone at the opening, June 6, 6-9 PM.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Below is a page from the Brother Mel book for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy and we will make sure to post additional pages in the weeks that lead up to Brother Mel's arrival here in Nashville.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
From Polaroid Film to X-Ray Negatives To Platinum Prints
The less-traveled path
Don Dudenbostel is one of the rare breed of photographers who uses an x-ray machine with Polaroid film, and then prints the resulting negatives as platinum prints. Add to that the fact that Polaroid 55 film is no longer available, nor is the traditional paper for making platinum prints. He has definitely chosen the less-traveled path.
In the best of times, platinum printing is a complex mix of art and science, never mind that the platinum solution costs $2,000 an ounce. This kind of photography combined with this kind of printing is a true mix of art and science, the dual basis of photography. Most of the components he uses are virtually extinct. But those who love the beauty of platinum printing will know that his efforts are worth it for the resulting prints. They are rare and luminous in the depth of black and white color they yield.
The exquisite 5” x 7” prints he has produced in editions of 25 have just about reached their end point. A couple of years ago, he stockpiled film and paper. The supplies are running out. He has printed some of the images in larger sizes through the archival digital process, and they, too, are gorgeous prints, but for platinum aficionados, they are not the same.
Don Dudenbostel, a Knoxville-based photographer, is an award-winning photographer who has documented Appalachian culture over a 40-45 year period. There will be a traveling museum show of that work beginning in January 2010. Meanwhile, The Arts Company has some of his small exquisite platinum prints. His subjects are typically flowers, shells, instruments and other objects. He presents them all as equally elegant.
To see more of Don Dudenbostel's work click here.