SEASON is excited to present a solo show of Los Angeles artist Ryan McIntosh. Opening reception is Sunday April 22, 2-5 pm and will continue to June 30.
Ryan McIntosh is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. He received his MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design, and his BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona. In 2007, he felt heavy limitations on what one could artistically express with the camera and so he quit working in the medium of traditional B&W darkroom-based photography. His artistic interests were towards other means of expression such as painting, printmaking, and collaborating with other artists.
Last year Ryan broke a ten year hiatus away from creating photography. This new body of work, made exclusively with a 70 year old 8×10 Kodak view camera and a preferred old stock of long-discontinued, expired photo paper; allows the process to become purely analog. The immediacy and instant gratification we’ve come to know with photograph today is instantly halted by the process of using such vintage equipment. Working this way is not out of nostalgia or sentiment for the past, but rather his desire to slow down every step of the image making process and forcing himself to spend time studying and composing the subject with equal time crafting the expressive fine print in the darkroom.
Photography has always been about documentation of what is in front of the camera. More so however, it is about the artists personal engagement with the world. These new photographs are less about the subject portrayed, and more about the visual experience had in their creation, and the visual experience that’s translated to the viewer in the final print.
Print info – All prints are 8”x10” silver chloride contact prints, made directly from the 8×10 negative in a traditional wet darkroom, and printed by the artist. All prints are mounted to a 14×17 matt, signed and dated on the recto, and titled, numbered, signed on verso. Prints are numbered, but not editioned.