Exhibitions Evening Album by Christine Elfman
January 8-February 2, 2020 Project Space One
In the Project Space, Christine Elman plans to make a small edition of a book containing light sensitive, fading pictures. The photographs inside the book would be new anthotypes: images made by exposing paper coated with impermanent dyes to the sun for weeks. These simple and slow images cannot be fixed, and continue to fade when viewed. A book will be the perfect form of presentation for these fugitive photographs. The images would be protected from the light when the book is closed. And whenever the viewer opened the book to see the pictures, they would continue to disappear. The intimate tactility of the book form invites the viewer to feel how these images are both bound and evasive. The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography suggests that anthotypes are most suited for evening viewing. So this would be an evening album, an exercise in letting go, like watching dusk.
Christine Elfman received her MFA from California College of the Arts and BFA from Cornell University. Recent solo exhibition venues include Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, University of the Arts, and Gallery Wendi Norris. She lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art at Cornell University.
Support for this exhibition came from Max and Marian Farash Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, and the New York State Council on the Arts Visual Arts program.