4.04.2006

Evidence: Wall-Size Photograms








Curated by Sarah Stanley
Javier Lozano
April 29 thru May 24, 2006 

A photogram is a contact print made entirely with light.  The photogram disobeys the realistic representation of the photograph through reversing the exposure: what is solid appears white, ethereal and formless while what is empty space appears as solid black void.   The history of photography began with photogram techniques that predate the invention of the camera.   William Henry Fox Talbot made his first images from his process he called 'photogenic drawings' due to the details that appeared as if drawn by the hand. 
Javier Lozano, who typically produces drawings, makes use of these same hand-drawn qualities of the photogram.  The photogram technique that diminishes objective appearances provides rich conceptual territory for an artist interested in making visible what remains obscure.  “The photograms convey ideas I have about the internal struggles and compromises  necessary for human survival” he says of his text-based photograms.   Lozano believes that the artist, as the text states in one of his photograms, must “bring something back” from another side of reality.  The apparition of a figure climbing the entire length of a ladder illustrates these transitional states that he wishes to communicate through photogram techniques.  

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Sarah K. Stanley, a London-based art writer and media producer, has curated video, photography and installation projects, and produces writing, video and photography projects about architecture and urban subjects, in collaboration with international artists.