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Untitled 5 (from the series Don’t Open Box in the Light)

Untitled 5 (from the series Don’t Open Box in the Light)

Artist: Meggan Gould (American)
Date: 2015
Medium: pigment ink on film (unique)
Dimensions:
Support: 5 × 4 in. (12.7 × 10.2 cm)
Frame: 12 × 10 in. (30.5 × 25.4 cm)
Classification: Drawing
Credit Line: Gift of Meggan Gould, 2017
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2017.15
Description
Gould’s work has long been characterized by an ongoing exploration of how photography affects the way we see the world. In her series Don’t Open Box in the Light, she uses photographic sheet film, but not in the usual way. Instead of placing it in a camera to capture latent images, she renders it impotent by rubbing away the emulsion, burnishing what is left, and then drawing on it using pigment ink drained from digital printers. Her methods are both meditative and laborious, intimately reconnecting the artist with her materials while simultaneously creating a hybrid between darkroom and digital photography that defies classification. The final pieces are unique, hand-made images with a patterned, rhythmic appeal.
Not on view
In Collection(s)
Publication and Exhibition History: Nov. 18, 2016-Jan. 15, 2017: “The Surface of Things,” Houston Center for Photography