“Rodin’s Photographer” by Jenn Reidel
August 1-31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 6 pm
Vashon photographer Jenn Reidel debuts “Rodin’s Photographer” about a time-traveling photographer who finds herself working for the famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The show opens Friday, August 1, 6 pm at Hastings-Cone Gallery.
After a trip to the Maryhill Museum of Art, which has a collection of Rodin sculptures, Reidel became intrigued by the vintage photos of Rodin and how he used the new medium of photography to help create his art. He worked with many great pictorial photographers like Edward Steichen, Stephen Haweis and Henry Coles.
The question at the start of her new work was, “What would it have been like to be a photographer at the time when photography was brand new and work with an artist like Rodin?” The only way to answer it was to use her imagination, and research of course, to discover what experiences, insights and mystery “returned” with her.
Besides taking photos of Rodin, his long-time companion Rose Beuret, and the models who posed for his sculptures Adam and Eve, “Rodin’s Photographer” also brings back some souvenir portraits of some well-known artists who were also attracted to Rodin, like the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and dancer Loie Fuller.
Much support from the Vashon artist community helped in the creation of “Rodin’s Photographer,” including the opportunity to photograph scenes at Tesoro de Luz.
Jenn Reidel is a conceptual artist whose narrative work combines her favorite mediums of photography, performance and writing. She earned a certificate in Fine Art Photography from the Photographic Center Northwest in 2000. Much of her 30-year-career/love of creating photos has been spent in black and white darkrooms, and she has experimented with many alternative processes such as cyanotypes, polaroid transfers, photo-etchings and encaustic transfers. Also a writer, her narrative work is inspired by dreams and personal myth, which she and models act out improv-style before the camera. She was awarded an Artist Trust GAP grant for her series, “In her dreams,” and was represented for many years by Gallery 070 on Vashon Island. Her photographs are frequently published in “The Sun” magazine. To view more of her work, visit jennreidel.com.