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FACULTY SHOW ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FALL 2020

Stacy Jacobs | Professor of Art

About Professor Jacobs' work

Solargrams are one of a kind photographs made by exposing light sensitive paper in a pinhole camera from several days to a year. Left out in the elements, these cameras are employing historic photographic principles and technology.

Over time, they record (with what we’d think of as a very slow shutter speed) everything before them. Things that move may not register. Objects that fall on the film plane for some period of time may form a ghostly image. Seasons can be seen through prominent tree limbs and leaves that are lighter in value because of their annual cycle. The arc of the sun is preserved through rainbow-like lines in the sky.

Instead of chemical development, the paper negative once removed from the camera is scanned. Once light hits the paper’s surface, the negatives are irreparably changed. The light emitted during the very scanning process that electronically preserves them is actually destroying them.

The cameras that recorded these images were made from empty plastic film canisters, aluminum for the pinhole, and lots of electrical and duct tape. Each solargram is approximately 1.5” x 3” in size.

harvest and installation of solarcams
Shown above is the initial scan of one of the solargrams. This is the most pristine view of what's been harvested. Note that this negative was accidentally folded. The second scan is of lesser quality because the light had begun to degrade the negative.
Shown above is a compromised camera. A bird beak is suspected.

The images featured below in this exhibition are solargrams created over the timespan of about 6 months on family land. These pieces have been inverted in photoshop (as is customary practice in creating solargrams) and have not been altered in any other way—no contrast or exposure adjustments, etc. Compromised cameras recorded the elements they were exposed to. They are true historical documents of the time that they’ve recorded.

Barn Post Cam
Barn Tree Cam 07/08/18 through 01/05/19
Barn Tree Cam
Corner Post Cam
Front Yard Cam Harvested 01/15/19
Front Yard Cam Harvested 11/27/19
Papas Barn Cam
Property Corner Cam
Sycamore Tree Harvested 1/5/19
Tree on Back of Property
Barn Cam

Bryan Wilkerson | Professor of Art

A collection of recently completed ceramic stoneware pottery - I call them "goons"

My creative practices are focused primarily on ceramics and public art but often extend into design and drawing. I like to explore humor, craft, irony, and play through common symbolic references. This cast of characters while whimsical and playful retain their functionality as traditional and usable pottery. Each on is uniquely sculpted and hand-painted after beginning its formation on a traditional potters wheel. I hope that the joy I find in creating these character pots is ultimately shared with the user/viewer.

Ted | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Lil' Cousin | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Red | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Blue Devil | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Blue tha Goon | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Tired Eyes Girl | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Drip | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Jaque | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)
Mildred Yeti | (stoneware fired to cone 5 oxidation, glaze and underglaze decoration)

Credits:

Recent work by Professor Stacy Jacobs and Professor Bryan Wilkerson