Hi-Fructose blog readers will be familiar with Chicago based artist Doug Fogelson for his colorful and mesmerizing photograms of natural specimens. Unlike a photograph, his photogram works are pictures produced with photographic materials, such as light-sensitive paper but without a camera. His work has a “how did he do it?” quality, where each image is a mere shadow of the original form, which can appear either opaque or having a ghostly translucence depending on the transparency of the subject. Fogelson turned his attention back to photography to produce these vivid new images of nature, titled “Creative Destruction”.
Chicago based artist Doug Fogelson creates mesmerizing photographic images of natural specimins, previously featured on our blog. His series titled “Broken Cabinet” is so named for the “cabinet of curiosities” that he collects, and then photographs through a process called photogramming. Photograms, for those who aren’t familiar, are pictures produced with photographic materials, such as light-sensitive paper, but without a camera. Fogelson recently expanded on the series to include a display of his collection on view at Linda Warren Projects in Chicago.
Doug Fogelson does not use cameras of any kind to create his colorful, x-ray like images of animal and plant specimens. His artwork consists of photograms, made by a method where the artist places an object directly onto film and exposes it to colored light. The final image is a shadow of the original form, which can appear either opaque or having a ghostly translucence depending on the transparency of the subject. The transparency film that is used needs to be exposed in a space with total darkness, a process Fogelson makes repeatedly, and with a high attention to detail.