Location: Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
Description posted at the Columbus Museum of Art:
“Kali was active as an artist from the 1960s through the early 2000s. After Kali’s death in 2019, her daughter, Susan Archibald, discovered nearly 800 prints, hundreds of Polaroids and dozens of rolls of undeveloped 35 mm film in the closets of Kali’s home.”
I was drawn to the color of the following larger pieces in the exhibit:
Sidebar: Some of the art has two different dates. It appears that the earlier date is the date the original photograph was taken. The second date appears to be the date the artist’s estate may have produced the work in a larger form.
Here are a few of the pieces that I was drawn to from this collection:
Process description (posted at the Columbus Museum of Art)
“Kali worked in the decades immediately preceding the advent of digital photography. Her creative processes were both highly inventive and experimental. She used all the classic tools of analog photography- often manipulating and combining them in strikingly original ways that we are still trying to understand.
Working alone, Kali developed a distinctive medium that blended photography and painting, which she named Artography.
Kali’s works begin with black and white photographs she shot on film. In the dark room, Kali took pieces and parts from the negatives of different photographs and assembled them by hand into a final composition, which she printed as a black and white photography. She then took this black and white print into her swimming pool, physically agitating the print as she applied dyes, paints, spray developer and even organic material. When Kali had achieved the final mix of colors and textures she desired, she left her prints beside the pool to dry in the sun. She made each print a unique work that, unlike in traditional photography, cannot be duplicated. Kali’s process enabled her to create very different works of art from the same black and white photography. This exhibition includes both vintage prints created by Kali and posthumous prints produced in small editions by her Estate.”
Sidebar: It blows my mind that many of the works that I was drawn to was created in the 1960s. It is amazing that she came up with this process and the results she achieved. It appears to bring out unique colors; but, without doing the research I’m not sure.
Sidebar: Adding her ashes as part of the artwork. Unique… Different…Interesting…
Sidebar: I love the layering of this piece. It is hard for me to believe that it was produced in 1968.
My Take Well worth the price of admission (whatever regular admission is)! I went on Sunday (admission is free and parking is free at the State Auto lot (across Washington Ave.)