2022, Chemigram on Green Photogram (C-Print), Maple Frame, Museum Glass
1.25 × 10.4375 × 8.4375 in
About the work
I like to think about these works as nascent photographs. Rather than using a camera to make these pictures, they are created through a chemical etching process that involves masking and exposing a bright green color photogram to a chemical in a process that I call a ‘chemigram’. These kinds of experimental processes are the cornerstone of my practice, and allow me to use photographic materials in novel ways to create works that are both referential and abstract.The title of these pieces playfully refers both to the widely known cinematic editing technique of ‘green screen’–a chroma-keyed process where subjects are placed into backgrounds as well as the actual decorative metal screen used in the making of these images.
About the artist
Evan Whale (b. 1987) was born in Washington, D.C, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Whale holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art (2014) and a BA from Bard College (2009). He has exhibited in group shows throughout the United States at Regen Projects (LA), The Flag Arts Foundation (NY), and Jeff Bailey Gallery (NY), and internationally at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, in both the Paris Pantin and the Salzburg Villa Kast locations, and had a recent booth at Future Fair (NY) with Tyler Park Presents in 2021. Recent solo exhibitions include In My Room in 2020, Soft Stories at Tyler Park Presents in 2022, Come and See at Actual Size (LA), in 2017, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, at 321 Gallery (NY) in 2016, which was also reviewed in The New Yorker magazine. His work was recently on view in Curious Visions: Toward Abstract Photography at the Denver Art Museum.