Traveling installation featuring a room-sized camera to open art gallery season at Bluffton
“Brownie in Motion,” by Stephen Takacs will kick off the 2017-18 schedule in Bluffton University’s Grace Albrecht Gallery, located in the Sauder Visual Arts Center. Opening Aug. 28, the exhibit is free and open to the public through Sept. 22. Gallery Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A reception for the artist will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.
“Brownie In Motion” is a traveling art installation, photographic darkroom and functioning camera obscura modeled after an iconic Kodak Brownie all in one. Takacs photographs individuals that practice disappearing trades and crafts using the custom-built, room-sized camera. These black and white images will be on display alongside the giant camera and a series of color images of the “Brownie in Motion” camera installed at various locations.
“I shoot my images directly onto a special black and white photographic paper that produces a direct positive, laterally reversed image, much like a 19th century tintype photograph. Thus, every image is one of a kind,” said Takacs. “While on location, the prints are developed by hand inside of the camera in which they are exposed. Like the work of many of the craftspeople that I photograph, my images sometimes exhibit the marks of their creation, including pinholes, fingerprints and the occasional sweat stain.”
Takacs is a multidisciplinary artist from Columbus, Ohio. His work utilizes photography, found objects and homemade cameras that relate to, or interface with, the human body.