Steppin' Out  Stephen Murphy

In his career as a photographer and teacher, Stephen Murphy has challenged himself and his students with examining historical alternative processes after a mastery of darkroom and digital photography. Since retiring in 2015, Murphy has focused on his own work. One avenue of exploration has been the use of photography in the encaustic medium.
Recently Murphy was introduced to blending the encaustic medium with traditional screen-printing from photographs onto birch panels. Developed and still being refined here in Chicago by an encaustic painter, this unique alternative photographic process invites an intuitive exploration of applied color such as tinted gessos and oilsticks while manipulating the beeswax with a torch. Working primarily at the Bridgeport Art Center, Murphy has created a new body of work with imagery sourced from his adopted city of Chicago.
Concurrently, he has been "experimenting with the ubiquitous and often castigated mobile camera, drilling down into apps and cross-fertilizing them for their creative potential."

Traces  Bob Tanner

The philosopher, Jacques Derrida, wrote that traces are the “mark of the absence of a presence.”  For Bob Tanner, traces are connections to memories of a shared life. Through his photographs, Bob has been exploring his understanding of mortality and ephemerality for over twenty years. The photographs in his series, Traces, were made soon after Bob’s wife died, and in locations familiar to them both.

In describing his work, Bob Tanner states: "Birth, growth, love, maturation, decline, erosion, death, disappearance, knowledge, beauty, ephemera, craters, lumps, wrinkles, marks, traces. All are descriptors of what we see, feel and experience during our lives. At a certain point we become aware of and acknowledge the constant alterations to ourselves, to those we love, to those who share our lives, and to the human and natural landscapes that surround us. Reality steps in and becomes an acknowledged part of our human journey."

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3rd, 5-7 p.m.
Conversation with the Artists: Thursday, November 15th at 7 p.m.
Both shows will run November 1st through the 25th, 2018

Perspective Gallery, 1310-1/2B Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201
Hours: Thursday - Saturday, 12:00-6:00 p.m.; Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m. • • (224) 200-1155
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