Exhibition: Metal As? – Ellie Young

Exhibition: Metal As? – Ellie Young


Hand crafted carbon transfers

‘Ellie Young explores the inherent abstraction of the real world. With these works, simultaneously captured the bold, graphic qualities of her subject and their nuances of texture and tonality. The images appear both as powerful, gestural forms from a distance, and as rich topographies with minute details and subtlety up close. The simple still life works introduce a tension between the real and the abstract. Includes colour carbon transfers and mono carbon transfers on metal surfaces incorporating metal pigments and hand colouring.’

The carbon is a beautiful historic photo processes which rely on the ability of potassium dichromate to harden gelatin when exposed to ultra violet light. The process was first invented in 1855 by Louis Alphonse Poitevin Poitevin produced monochrome prints made with carbon black pigment. This gave the process its name.

In 1862 Louis Ducos Du Hauron created the earliest color prints by combining multiple layers of gelatin made with colored pigments.

Because it is a pigment process, carbon prints are the most archivally stable color prints available, and are capable of unparalleled depth and saturation. This depth is enhanced by the relief effect, which is created by the layering of the gelatin tissues.

Gold Street Studios & Gallery. Trentham East. Victoria.

26 November 2017 – 28 January 2018

Opening speech by Jerry Spagnoli  at 4.30pm Sunday 26 November.



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David Tatnall

David Tatnall is a Melbourne based fine art photographer.

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