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At Home:
a series of photo-etchings by Irene Nelson
In the Inner Room at GearBox Gallery

June 1 - 24, 2017
First Friday Reception:  June 7th from 6-9 pm


The Inner Room is an intimate interior exhibtion space at GearBox Gallery. Periodically the gallery hosts special exhibits or installations in this special space.

Irene Nelson discusses At Home:
At Home is a series of intimate interior images made by observing arresting moments of day-to-day life at home. These atmospheric studies are shaped by the introspection of my life as a woman, wife, mother, and artist. The imagery reflects the wonder of typical moments that many of us experience every day, but overlook as unremarkable. I looked deeply at the ordinary—whether it was the light on a bathroom window shade or the Sunday newspaper on rumpled sheets—to find beauty, grace, and respite.

I made this process-based series using Photopolymer Intaglio printing with chine-collé, a method that fuses digital technology with hand-printing practices. I began by capturing images with a digital camera using ambient light. The images, digitally scanned to a film positive, were exposed onto a light-sensitive photopolymer sheet to make a printing plate. I used two different glued fine art papers to create a toned ground, then mixed an ink formula for the plate and ran the inked plate through a hand printing press. Along the way, there were moments of surrender that resulted in the warmth and depth of the tones, subtle whites and smoky blacks—a richly expressive visual poetry uniting observation, image and process.

Previously in the Inner Room:

Raku Sculpture by Danny Rosales

Mountain Roomers, an installation by Darrell Hunger.

Whispers & Screams, an installation by Gina Telcocci.

Entropy Corrlled by Darrell Hunger

Unlock Your Mind: Ken Gulley & the Upstairs Art Association

Blank Slate: an installation by Joseph Mele

The Princess Project: TaVee McAllister Lee

Work by Ruth Santee