Athens, Greece love when you can see something old and something new in a photo in this case the ancient theatre and the city of Athens both living in harmony.
Emerging Northland artist, Elektra Bakhshov’s solo show titled Impressions of Europe, opens on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 4.30pm in the Shutter Room’s newly decorated Gallery space (located in the Old Library, Rust Ave).
Alternative Photographic Process Artist, Elektra Bakhshov, specializes in creating ‘cyanotypes’. This very old technique was first used for making ‘blue prints’ to produce copies of architectural and engineering designs up until the 1940’s. This process, developed in 1842 by English scientist Sir John Herschel, is being used to create contemporary imagery by a worldwide group of dedicated Alternative Photographic Process Artists.
Bakhshov arrived in New Zealand in 2012 from Skiathos, Greece and commenced her studies at Northtec, under the excellent tuition of photography tutors Ellen Smith and Lisa Clunie. In 2016, accompanied by her partner John, she spent three months in Greece, where Bakhshov held a sellout solo exhibition on the island of Skiathos. The couple then embarked on a two-month long meander through an autumnal Europe, capturing exquisite photographic images along the way.
On her return to New Zealand Bakhshov had accumulated over 2,000 images. She rigorously selected thirty of the very best photographs to transform into the alluring blue and white cyanotypes for Impressions of Europe.
Elektra Bakhshov is an emerging artist who graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (visual) from Northtec in 2015. Since graduating she has been a regular exhibitor at the Shutter Room and further afield and is very passionate about the cyanotype process.
Please join Elektra Bakhshov and the Shutter Room team for the opening of Impressions of Europe on Wednesday, March 8th, from 4.30-6.30pm, all welcome. The exhibition runs until Saturday 1st April 2017. Gallery hours Wed-Fri midday to 4 pm, Sat 10am-1pm.
The Shutter Room Gallery Whangarei.
Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
The Shutter Room Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of unique cyanotypes by Whangarei artists Elektra Bakhshov and Lenka Mason. The exhibition will run at the Shutter Room Gallery (located at The Old Library in Rust Avenue Whangarei) from February 24th until 5th March, 2016.
The cyanotype process is one of the first photographic methods developed by the English scientist Sir John Herschel in 1842. In 1843 Anna Atkins published book of botanical cyanotype photograms. She is thought to be the first female photographer. Until the 1940’s the cyanotype method was used to produce copies of architectural and engineering designs – blueprints. Cyanotype was eventually replaced by cheaper and faster photographic methods, but is experiencing resurgence in contemporary art.
Elektra is using the cyanotype to bring the nostalgic feeling of landscapes. She is inspired by the romantic era and the appeal of plants either when they are alive or dead. She captures the moment of wonder, romance and mystery. As she said “We see plants and landscapes every day, but we get mesmerized by the photos. Something mystical appears when you capture it, maybe it’s the moment or the spirit; you are never quite sure.”
Mason is drawn to the cyanotype process for its slowness, relative simplicity and the need for preparation and thought. Her images in this exhibition play with placing characters from paintings of old masters in familiar streets of Whangarei. In her art, whether ceramics or photography, Mason often explores her interest in architecture. Juxtaposing classical individuals and scenes with the streets Mason is creating “new”, softer, romanticised Whangarei.
The cyanotype process is a perfect marriage of science and art. By using this old process, Bakhshov and Mason create new yet aged looking photographs. They borrow material from nature and history of art books to create personal and stimulating blueprints.
The opening event is on Wednesday 24th February 5.30pm – 7pm, all welcome. Gallery hours Wed-Fri midday – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. For further information contact Gallery Curator Megan Dickinson 0273381578.
As you know I have an exhibition coming up so my friend build a dark room in her toilet in order to do some cyanotype. Super fun I can’t thank her enough. This is a small demonstration of it, with some cyanotype drying.