Our July group art exhibit, “Giphantie", is our first exclusively photographic exhibit that will open on Thursday, July 7st from 4:00- 8:00pm and be up through Sunday, July 24th. The images will include work from: Alice Boardman, Sam Cecil, Nathan Farb, Daesha Devón Harris, Mark Kurtz, Sean Platt, Carl Rubino, R.L. Stolz, Eleanor Sweeney & Ed Wheeler.
Giphantie Is a novel written In 1760 by French writer Charles François Tiphaigne de la Roche. An anagram of his name, it describes his imaginary travels were characters communicate through a medium that resembles television, anticipates the internet and describe a process of making images that predicts the first héliographie photograph by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 and the photo-chemical experiments and discovery of modern-day photography by Louis-Jacques Daguerre in 1839. Interesting to think that the Keene Arts church was built at the same time modern photography was developed.
This exhibit, Giphantie, A Modern Mirror, celebrates the medium of photography and 10 artists who explore the image making process with different tools and techniques to create worlds for our imagination to travel and contemplate.
In Giphantie, Chapter XVII, Part I, The author prophecies the fixing of transient images of nature by the action of light. "Thou knowest that the rays of light, reflected from different bodies, make a picture and paint the bodies upon all polished surfaces, on the retina of the eye, for instance, on water, on glass. The elementary spirits have studied to fix these transient images: they have composed a most subtle matter, very viscous, and proper to harden and dry, by the help of which a picture is made in the twinkle of an eye. They do over this matter a piece of canvas, and hold it before the objects they have in mind to paint. The first effect of the canvas is that of a mirror; there are seen upon it all the bodies far and near, whose image the light can transmit. But what the glass cannot do, the canvas, by means of the viscous matter, retains the images. The mirror shows the objects exactly; but keeps none; our canvases show them with the same exactness, and retains them all. This impression of the images is made the first instant they are received on the canvas, which is immediately carried away into some dark place; an hour after, the subtle matter dries, and you have a picture so much the more valuable, as it cannot be imitated by art nor damaged by time.”