Process is at the root of Georgina Reskala’s investigations in photography. Often starting with an extended exposure pinhole photograph taken at the beach, Reskala’s photographs begin as slightly hazy, atmospheric photos — slightly out of focus, yet universally recognizable.
In Inventing the Truth, Reskala works with silver gelatin prints and photographs printed on linen. Through her material investigations, she both adds and redacts information by way of physically unthreading either the warp or weft of the linen or by exposing the same image multiple times onto the same sheet of silver gelatin paper in the darkroom.
Her works on linen often begin as darkroom prints. The Artist then proceeds to rephotograph the images that become the beginnings of her photographs on linen– images of images of images. To further abstract, certain sections are methodically unthreaded. This manipulation, which takes information out of the photograph, engages the viewer to try to understand what is taken away or how one might complete the image.
When she works in the darkroom, the many iterations of her images are born through physically manipulating the paper. Remnants of the process are evident in the finished images; crumpling, creasing, moving, bending, and folding the paper act as a way to distort or further abstract. The resulting image takes on a shape and form of its own.
In the end, images emerge that oscillate between reality and that which is fabricated. With every iteration, the image is moved further and further from the original. This abstraction and redaction makes room for one to consider their own reality– what they perceive as real and what is fabricated. Perception, memory, and a personal understanding of the world guide interpretations.
Georgina Reskala: Inventing the Truth
Exhibition Dates: May 5 – May 29, 2021
PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
925 NW Flanders Street
Portland OR 97209
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday – Saturday; or by appointment