April 2012 Archives

The Baum Foundation is pleased to announce Eric William Carroll as recipient of The 2012 Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer. He will exhibit a selection of works from the past few years that explore photography's technological history at SF Camerawork. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be Carroll's recreation of a full-scale group darkroom, titled This Darkroom's Gone to Heaven. Carroll will also receive his 10,000 USD grant from The Baum Foundation.
Lined with shadows of missing equipment and lit with the somber glow of safelights, Carroll repurposes the idea of a communal darkroom from a place of production into a venue for observation and dialogue. During the exhibition's 8-week run, Carroll, along with several guest photographers, will meet at Camerawork to engage in a dialogue about their favorite dead photographers and technologies. Carroll says, "The Baum Award could not have come at a better time--the recognition and exhibition come as both a 'pat-on-the-back' and a challenge to continue pushing my work and the photographic medium into new and exciting prospects."
While This Darkroom's Gone to Heaven may mirror our own humanity by highlighting the mortality of technology, equipment, and spaces, other works in the exhibition will speak to the fallibility of human endeavors. These include Carroll's cyanotypes based on the drawings of Henry Fox Talbot, photographs of hand drawn camera calibration charts, as well as a large format photograph produced using a fogged negative; each work representing a "failed" attempt to perfect photographic technologies or to truly master drawing a straight line.
About the Artist:
Born and raised in the Midwest, Eric William Carroll currently resides in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited in numerous cities including: Fotohof in Salzburg, Austria; the Camera Club of New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Carroll has participated in residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Rayko Photo Center, and the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary.
Read More at: www.sfcamerawork.org/exhibitions/exhibitions_Carroll.php
-Published in Art-Agenda