Triptych by Valerie Yaklin-Brown

Triptych by Valerie Yaklin-Brown

Darkroom Friends Art Studio, Inc. exhibition to open March 4

The Art Studio, Inc. will host the opening exhibition of “Positive/Negative Space” Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. showing photographic works of 12 local artists from the Darkroom Friends group.

The show will highlight the photographer’s work that use many different techniques to produce imagery

Photographer Gabriel Sellers recent works have been made using a silver gelatin process and large format antique cameras to produce art.

“These are not made on computer, printed out on an ink jet or a pigment printer, they’re all handmade, some of them one of a kind, and can’t be reproduced,” Sellers said. “We want people to take away that there’s a lot of really beautiful, really wonderful pieces of art all around us.”

Sellers said that the importance of how art like this can inspire people to take away a memorable experience. This is a common goal among the Darkroom Friends group of using film and chemistry to make their art and to show people how it is made.

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The process of making this art is old but daunting. Before the availability of computers, photographers would use these “darkrooms,” to manually adjust the lighting and printing of photos with their own hands in a very dark room with dim and safe lighting, to avoid damaging the very light sensitive photographs. The process is very complicated when it comes to achieving the desired effect on the art, and can take a very long time to process.

“It takes a lot of time and effort, with a mild dash of obsession in a dying practice that’s often misunderstood,” he said. “You have to explore ideas, and find your way on what you want to express.”

Producing pieces of photographic art this way is a very long and tedious project, but the amount of work put into it can allow different ways to produce a unique image. In doing so it creates unique pieces, each determined by countless factors, managed through chemistry.

The show will run through March 24 and features Sellers but also photographers Joe Winston, Valerie Yaklin-Brown, Will Stark, Laura Burlton, John Fulbright, Marilyn Tennissen, Brandon Tibodeaux, DJ Kava, Nathaniel Welch, Eric Adams, and Jacob Garcia all together as the “Dark Room Friend.”

The Art Studio, Inc. is located at 720 Franklin in downtown Beaumont. For information, call 838-5393 or visit their website at or check them out on Facebook.

Hector Garcia

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