Michelle Hauser’s solo exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

June 14 – July 15, 2017

Opening Reception:
Thursday, June 15, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

“ALBUM SERIES: Eclipse: Sun & Moon” Medium: Collection of 42 unique ziatype, cyanotype and gum bichromate prints, using a digital negative made from a photograph of a painting. Size: 30-3/4” square. Date: 2017

Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums reflects the deep connection her painting has to her photographic work and underscores the broader dialogue and influence that exists between these two disciplines.

A selection of Hauser’s paintings (many of which began during an immersive five-week residency on Monhegan Island) have been transformed into large groups of ziatype, cyanotype and gum bichromate prints as part of her ongoing Album Series.

Hauser’s Album Series amplifies the power and complexity of the print medium by creating compositions that rely on an interplay of pictorial structures between variant prints of the same image. Her intention, through the reiteration of a single image, is to echo the inherent rhythms of the natural world—time in particular—not one moment in time as a single photograph captures; instead, Hauser elects to express the nonlinear way in which we recall time, its relentless repetition and endless variation.

By reducing her paintings into an abundance of sequenced, simplified and toned photographs, a distillation occurs that brings forth an abstraction and a detailed truth of reality.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.