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Printmaking and Photography at the Bath House Cultural Center

Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas

Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, Texas

The Remaining Image
North Texas Road Trip

Bath House Cultural Center
Through April 9, 2011

Last night at the Bath House Cultural Center on the shore of White Rock Lake, two lovely exhibits opened: The Remaining Image and North Texas Road Trip. The first dealt with creating images by hand and the other by camera. The artists in both exhibits definitely showed off their skill and craftsmanship.

The Remaining Image

I'm Bringing My Own Baggage. What Are You Bringing? by Cat Snapp

I'm Bringing My Own Baggage, what about you? by Cat Snapp

The Remaining Image is a collection of prints and mixed media from five artists: Laura H. Drapac, Cecelia Feld, Lauren Blair Hirsch, Cecilia Thurman, and Cat Snapp. The printmaking techniques included aquatint, line etching, mezzotint, fingerprint, digital print, chine collé, monotype and thread.

The Remaining Image did not have traditional looking prints like a Rembrandt or a Goya etching, but had works with more dreamy and painterly qualities. Artist Cat Snapp brought together richly toned paper in organic forms with a seemingly random line of gold thread running through the work. Her monotype with thread titled I’m Bringing My Own Baggage, what about you? has some really special qualities of line and texture.

Something a little more traditional is Closing by Lauren B. Hirsch (see below). Ms. Hirsch’s letterpress image has a silver spoon with a bent handle on a pale colored oval. It has a graphic, block print feeling. What sets it off is the impressed text, which repeats the same “the bird eats the bug”* over and over as the background texture. The impressed text nicely frames the spoon and oval.

See photos from The Remaining Image on Facebook.

North Texas Road Trip

Storefront, Honey Grove, Texas by Nelson Spencer

Storefront, Honey Grove, Texas by Nelson Spencer

North Texas Road Trip exhibits the photos from the Dead Photographers Society’s last group trip up to Honey Grove, Texas, which is between Sherman and Paris on Highway 82. Honey Grove is a near ghost town with only a couple of operating stores. Otherwise, it is a photographic bonanza.

Honey Grove, Texas is certainly showing its age, and at the same time, its beauty. Storefront, Honey Grove by Nelson Spencer captures all the textures of a modern ghost town in a single image. It has painted bricks with rust and dirt, weathered wood for the boarded up windows, cracking concrete and sprouts of green growing form the sidewalk. It has strong geometric qualities with the repeating rectangles for the boarded up window panes, bricks and doorway. Storefront also has a splash of color with a reflection of blue sky and clouds from the only remaining piece of glass.

Other Dead Photographers Society members on exhibit include

  • Ken Blackburn
  • Dragana Bulatovic
  • Lee Courtney
  • Pam Davis
  • Guy Giersch
  • Peta Jones
  • Dora Knutsen
  • Mel Levin
  • Brian Magnuson
  • Roddy Parkinson
  • Sonja Quintero
  • Sam Reeves
  • Don Simmons
  • Bonnie Slack

See images from North Texas Road Trip on Facebook.

The Dead Photographers Society

The Dead Photographers Society started over five years ago with about six members who wanted to do photography as a group. The two major premises include no rules and no dues, which makes it easy to join. The society has grown to about fifty members at different photographic skill levels. A focal point of the meetings is for members to learn from each other.

Dallas Art News initially reported the Dead Photographers Society was for film photography only. However, the no rules clause in their charter allows members to shoot either film or digital.

Members meet whenever they can; there is not a set schedule of meetings. The society does get together for day trips around North Texas, and they exhibit as often as possible, usually two to three times a year.

Both The Remaining Image and North Texas Road Trip are on view at the Bath House Cultural Center through Saturday, April 9, 2011. The Bath House is open from Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. For more information visit www.bathhousecultural.com.

* Okay, it was late. I don’t remember exactly what the text said. It could have been a worm instead of a bug.

Closing by Lauren B. Hirsch

Closing by Lauren B. Hirsch

I'm Bringing My Own Baggage. What Are You Bringing? by Cat Snapp

I'm Bringing My Own Baggage, what about you? by Cat Snapp

Storefront, Honey Grove, Texas by Nelson Spencer

Storefront, Honey Grove, Texas by Nelson Spencer

About M. C. Roman

M. C. Roman, owner and managing editor of Dallas Art News, is a painter, printmaker and photographer. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. M. C.'s art can be viewed at michaelroman.com. Social media friends can find M. C. on Facebook at facebook.com/mcroman.

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