The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) will be featuring the opening solo works of artist Nolan Preece, titled Nolan Preece: Chemigrams. The exhibition will be available for viewing between April 21st through July 8th. His work consists of semi-abstract artworks that provide a unique visual background for social and environmental content.
About the Artist
Preece has always been fond of experimental photography, resulting in him specializing in a photographic abstraction process that uses a chemical masking and staining technique that creates an image on silver-based photographic paper.
At first, Preece called this process “chemograms”, but after working and engaging with a group of artists using similar processes, he renamed his prints “chemigrams”. Preece has spent his life balancing the elusive and primitive techniques of early photography with new and technologically-advanced intensive photo-based processes.
Chemigrams are produced without the use of a camera, where fragments of representational photographic imagery are integrated at times along with various chemical effects. Preece’s art plays an important role in the political arguments that surround climate change, and these chemical effects are used to suggest a natural world gone awry.
The process of making a chemigram involves the combination of chemicals that create imagery on silver halide photographic papers. Preece experiments with everyday materials, such as acrylic floor wax and common photographic chemical solutions to produce these unique images. His images remind us that nature can be viewed as one self-sustaining organism, vulnerable to the touch of mankind’s “progressive” intrusions.
Widely-respected photographer Pierre Cordier, known as the father of chemigram art, recently referred to Preece as “one of the outstanding practitioners of the chemigram”, a testament to Preece’s skill and dedication to the craft.
Come on Out!
The exhibition will also include Preece’s work with the process known as cliché-verre, French for ”glass negative”, a throwback to when Preece first experimented in applying chemical solves on smoke-on-glass plates.