A new group show titled “Process” features artists who use photography as “as a means to an end rather than an end in itself.” This includes usage, manipulation, and altering of photographs in media like drawing, digital art, collage, painting, and more. The Helikon Gallery & Studios show features artists like Jinsil Lee, Jessica Wohl, Corianne Wells, Curt Bean, Nicki Crock, Peter Yumi, Anitra Isler, and several others. The show runs March 18 through April 22.
“‘Process’ aims to recontextualize the viewer’s preconception of photography and highlight how photos can be the basis of other forms of visual art, whether as the mixed-media foundation or references for a painting, the components of a traditional collage, or even as a medium in the creation of digital artwork,” the gallery says. “Photos are an invaluable tool to the modern artist, informing the way we see the world, serving as reference for representational artwork, and helping to guide the future of contemporary art.”
An example of this can be found in the work of Stacey Page, who adds cartoon-like illustrations to photographs, creating the surreal out of the real. Jinsil Lee takes another tactic, removing from a photograph, rather than adding more components to the original work. All build on the medium of photography, during an event in Denver dubbed the Month of Photography.