Allegory by S. Gayle Stevens in the North Gallery
The Center is thrilled to present Allegory, a solo exhibition by S. Gayle Stevens. Allegory is on exhibition in the Center for Fine Art Photography’s North Gallery from May 4 – June 30, 2012.
S. Gayle Stevens believes that in her body of work, Allegory, the “images are [her] memento mori; an
acknowledgement of lives passed, a rendering of fleeting shadows.” Stevens finds beauty in objects
that are often overlooked in everyday life. Allegory consists of a series of wet plate collodion tintype
photogenic drawings of plant and animal specimens Stevens has collected on walks near her home and
in her travels. “The silhouettes of the photogenic drawings are rendered as black shadows,” Stevens
states, “and echo the brushstrokes in Chinese calligraphy, sparse yet expressive.”
S. Gayle Stevens has worked in antiquarian processes for over fifteen years. Her chosen medium is
wet plate collodion for its fluidity and individuality;
Holgas and Holga pinhole cameras, she produces small wet plate tintypes. She exhibits extensively
across the United States. Ms. Stevens received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
in 1999. Called the "Alt Queen" by her students, she has taught alternative photo processes at the
College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn Illinois for ten years. S. Gayle Stevens lives and works in Downers
Grove, Illinois, USA.
The Center is thrilled to present Allegory, a solo exhibition by S. Gayle Stevens. Allegory is on
exhibition in the Center for Fine Art Photography’
join us for the artist’s reception with the “Alt Queen” herself, S. Gayle Stevens on Friday, June 1,
beginning at 6:00 p.m. S. Gayle Stevens will also be teaching a wet plate Holga workshop at The
Center for Fine Art Photography on June 2 & 3. Visit www.c4fap.org for more information on the
workshop. During her stay in Fort Collins, Ms. Stevens will be producing a site-specific, one of a kind
piece for The Center for Fine Art Photography.
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund
Founded in 2004 to promote and support the art of photography through exhibitions and educational programs,
The Center for Fine Art Photography is a nonprofit organization supported by donations, grants and
memberships. The Center currently has more than 1,300 members representing 33 countries worldwide. With
three galleries, classrooms and a digital and traditional darkroom in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Center’s online
gallery gives photographers and photography enthusiasts from all over the globe an opportunity to engage with the
Center. For more information about the Center, including information on workshops, membership and exhibitions,
please visit the website at www.c4fap.org or call 970-224-1010.
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