ARIELLE REBEK

Unique Photograms & Limited Edition Prints

Exhibition Catalog

FOR VISIBILITY, FOR WARMTH

Limited Edition Pinhole Photography Series

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For Visibility; For Warmth explores the spirit of place and the embedded meaning of objects. Using a handmade pinhole camera loaded with medium format film, photographs were made and overlapped to reveal unseen elements and connections within the landscape.

Gelatin Silver Prints
Framed in White Wood Frame 17.25” x 21.25"
Print Size  16” x 20"
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SIBLEY 1 (1/5), 2019
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SIBLEY 2 (1/5), 2019
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SIBLEY 3 (1/5), 2019
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SIBLEY 4 (1/5), 2019
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COWLING 1 (1/5), 2019
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COWLING 2 (1/5), 2019
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UNIQUE PHOTOGRAMS

Select Work from series  “Fixing a Shadow” & “Seeing Ground”

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Seeing Ground - Ongoing series of film photographs and unique photograms based on the landscape of the east bay regional parks (including Wildcat Canyon, Briones, and Sibley). This series examines how the natural world communicates and explores methods of interpretation. 

Framed in Black Metal Frame, One-of-a-Kind Gelatin Silver Photograms

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WILDCAT BLUE GUM 2, 2020
Print 11" x 14"
Framed 11.25" x 14.25"
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X, 2021
Print 11" x 14"
Framed 11.25" x 14.25"
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ROWS OF EUCALYPTUS, 2021 
Print 11" x 7"
Framed 11.25" x 7.25"
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RELIEF MAPS, 2021
Print 11" X 14"
Framed 11.25" x 14.25"
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CORRESPONDNCE, 2021
Print 8" X 8.5"
Framed 8"x8.75"
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FIXING A SHADOW

Fixing a Shadow is a collection of unique silver gelatin prints that examine the nature of photography itself. I bypass the camera to work directly with light sensitive material, and in doing so, physically contact the moment and subject of capture. Found archives, ephemeral material, and embodied experiences play an integral role in my methods of image making. Using my hands and my shadow, I interact with my material and exaggerate the contrast of what photography can reveal and hide. What remains is the unique residue of an action or meditation in which subject and process are one. Reflections on time and memory guide a formalist intuition, as I engage with the phenomenon, materiality, and illusion of photography.

With the present-day dependence on images, camera phones, and social media, I feel an urgency to reflect on the origins of photography, why we are compelled to record our lives, and how this influences experience and memory. With his invention of one of the early “photogenic drawings,” Henry Fox Talbot marvels at the discovery and poetically describes his process as  The Art of Fixing a Shadow. With a similar sense of wonder, I return to this early desire to capture our fleeting shadows and investigate our shifting relationship with photography. 

Framed in Black Metal Frame
One-of-a-Kind Gelatin Silver Photograms

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AIDE-MEMOIRE I, 2018
Print 16" x 20"
Framed 16.25" x 20.25"
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AIDE-MEMOIRE II, 2018
Print 16" X 20"
Framed 16.25" x 20.25"
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Returning To …(and Develop Before 1972)

Unique Photographic Glass Plates

RETURNING TO... (DEVELOP BEFORE APRIL 1972) is an installation of expired photographic slide plates. These light sensitive glass plates were shattered in the darkroom. The shards of glass were collected in small piles and exposed to light. After development, the glass shards displayed a visual record of their exact pile arrangement during exposure. Using the visual markings on each shard, I was able to reassemble each pile and essentially return to the moment of capture. Piles were also contact printed on to full glass plates.  This work deals with the ontology of the photographic image. It addresses photography's inherent link to distinct points in space/time. In a sense, the recreated piles of glass shards return to a moment in the past, freezing it for observation.  

Each Glass Plate Measures 4" x 3.25" and comes with a Display Stand
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PLATE 1, 2017
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PLATE 2, 2017
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PLATE 3, 2017
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PLATE 4, 2017
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Glass Plate shown on Display Stand

PLATE 5, 2017
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PLATE 6, 2017
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PLATE 7, 2017
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PLATE 8, 2017
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PLATE 9, 2017
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PLATE 10, 2017
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UNFRAMED UNIQUE PHOTOGRAMS

GELATIN SILVER PHOTOGRAMS

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FIRST IMPRESSION, 2018
20" X 16"
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EMERGENCY BLANKET, 2019
20" X 16"
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SOIL COLLECTION, 2021
14" X 11"
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WILDCAT BLUE GUM 1, 2020
14" X 11"
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UNTITLED (from SEEING GROUND), 2021
11" X 14"
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CONTACT PRINT, 2021
14" X 11"
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UNTITLED #1, 2021
14" X 11"
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UNTITLED #2, 2021
11" X 14"
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HONESTY, 2021
10" X 8"
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