William Wegman, Mark Beard, Tanya Marcuse, John Dugdale, Jeri Eisenberg & Melinda McDaniel

Opening Reception: Saturday April 24 from 6-8pm

April 22, 2010 through May 30, 2010

Carrie Haddad Photographs is pleased to announce Polaroids: Works by William Wegman, Mark Beard, John Dugdale, Jeri Eisenberg, Melinda McDaniel and Tanya Marcuse from April 22 through May 30, 2010.

The gallery is honored to present this viewing of William Wegman’s work – the first in several years here in Columbia County. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 6 -8 pm.

The Luxury to apprehend The Luxury ’twould be To Look at Thee a single time - Emily Dickinson 1864

Were she around, Ms. Dickinson might write as much about Polaroid. In a digital world where we are often overwhelmed with thousands and thousands of images of all types and sizes, on all types of screens, day in and day out, it is somehow miraculous to discover that nothing has managed to replace a Polaroid. It’s more than the instant access to an image, it’s the image on those particular papers - something about the Polaroid materials themselves. The incredibly rendered colors and tonal qualities of Polaroid’s various mediums continue to inspire and cause a flurry of work among artists.

The most majestic of the Polaroids, and the one that is alive and well today, is the 20 x 24 large format Polaroid process. It is described as the last great analog photographic process of the twentieth century. John Reuters, executive director of 20 x 24 Holdings, says, “While digital technology has made great strides in the past few years, there is still no medium that can compete with Polaroid large format instant film. This is the purest form of photography. You are taking a photograph and making a print at the same moment.”

No other artist has conveyed the color, beauty and elegance of this format quite like William Wegman. That fact that Wegman has also managed to use this form of photography to bring humor, wit, intelligence and a humane view of the world, most often via the eyes or visage of one his beloved Weimaraners, is a great bonus for people everywhere, both in the art world and beyond. Wegman’s images of his dogs have continued to push him as an artist and captivate us as viewers.

Though the Polaroid image is affixed to paper, the ability to manipulate the materials has long fascinated and energized artists. Only the Polaroid photographic process presents the artist with the ability to push, pull, squish, squeeze and transfer emulsions to different surfaces. That many of the films and cameras have been discontinued has only increased their value.

Included in the exhibit are works showcasing some of these other Polaroid capabilities. The images of Mark Beard make use of the Polaroid transfer technique. Beard transfers the emulsion onto fine art paper creating personal and compelling, one of a kind landscapes, as well as portraits of downtown New York performers, celebrities and friends. Tanya Marcuse, uses this method as well, though in her jewel-like series Torso, she has transferred the emulsion onto a sandwiched mylar material creating a luminous, transparent effect. John Dugdale’s use of 8 x10 Polaroid film to capture his 19th century aesthetic, results in images that are remarkable in their other worldly beauty. Jeri Eisenberg and Melinda McDaniel use the now difficult to find SX 70 and type 600 films. Eisenberg manipulates SX 70 emulsion to transform everyday details into poetic and painter-like images. McDaniel’s pieces, using type 600 film, create abstract images of rich color, shape and dimensions in a continuation of her distinctive body of contemporary work.

For more information, please visit our website www.carriehaddadphotographs.com or visit us at the gallery 318 Warren Street, Hudson, NY, 12534.

Melinda McDaniel

Jeri Eisenberg

John Dugdale

Mark Beard, photos

Tanya Marcuse

William Wegman