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Jessica Eaton

Complex photographic methods yield stunningly colorful geometries

by Jonah Samson in Culture on 12 December 2011

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Jessica Eaton's series, "Cubes for Albers and LeWitt" may be highly technical and conceptual, but the end result is dizzyingly beautiful. Based on Joseph Albers' focus on the "discrepancy between physical fact and psychic effect," Eaton's images add "multiple exposures and colored lights" to plain, monochromatic cubes to create enchanting graphics.

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The photographer starts with a set of cubes painted only white, black and gray, then shoots them under red, green and blue gels to capture the vibrant final pictures. The reflective value of the cubes controls levels of light and dark, while the layering of the primary colors creates a broad range of hues. One may be shocked to realize that the resulting images, made using only Eaton's 4x5 camera, have not been digitally manipulated.

Eaton's work recently appeared on the cover of Art News magazine in "The New Photography," and she is currently showing at the FOAM museum's "Talent 2011" show, at the Musée d'art Contemporain de Montréal for the 2011 Quebéc Triennial, and at Higher Pictures in New York.

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