Character of Steamboat shines through 45-foot photo on display at First Friday Artwalk
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Darkroom photography might be a thing of the past. For Matthew Terrell, however, it’s the crux of his surrealist-inspired work — a 45-foot long photo exposé.
Images of Steamboat Ski Area, snapshots of the mountain and pictures of its people, flora and fauna, architecture and character are layered together into the Atlanta-based artist’s largest show to date.
“Children of Winter,” meant to capture the beauty and magic of a full day on Mount Werner, will premiere at Urbane during Steamboat’s First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m.
Utilizing vintage techniques and a film-based, double-exposure process, all of Terrell’s images – many on the 45 foot-long photo as well as six other prints on fabric – are constructed completely on film without digital modifications.
He uses the “exquisite corpse” practice when he shoots. Through this method, he exposes, rewinds and reshoots rolls of film without knowing what images are being combined.
This technique, Terrell said, creates its own story within the image.
“Steamboat has this vintage, all-American ski town feel to it,” Terrell said, who has shown work in Atlanta, San Francisco and Savannah. “I really tried to capture that feeling with this show.”
Some photos, he said, appear almost cinematic — little movies playing along a reel of film. The photos are printed with the marks of the film apparent — frame breaks, sprocket holes and film codes structure the images.
“Atlanta has a lot of construction sites and banners,” he said when trying to find a material on which to showcase the images. “I needed something that would be easy to put on the wall and not have to be framed. So, I contacted the banner company the constructions sites used.
“I hope this will show viewers a new way of looking at Steamboat when they come here for vacation or when looking at their everyday life,” Terrell said. “It shows them a timeless quality that is also quite contemporary. It’s different than artwork you would see on a gallery wall, framed.”
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