Nolan Preece: Chemigram Landscapes

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View photography by Nolan Preece, whose work uses experimental photographic processes and reflects his involvement with the environmental movement.

Nolan Preece has been working in photography and related chemical processes for over 35 years, beginning as a field photographer for environmental impact studies. His current work reflects his involvement with the environmental movement, a constant throughout his life. Trained at Utah State University at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the 1970s, Preece became intrigued with experimental photographic processes such as cliché-verre, using smoke on glass as a photographic negative.

Preece creates chemigrams (images without lenses or a camera) by painting – applying acrylics to the surface of light-sensitive silver halide paper – and then developing and fixing it to form an image. He scans the resulting work and transforms it into a digital medium. This process is thus a combination of the physics of painting and the chemistry of photography.

The landscape chemigrams resemble the desert, which is his home and passion, They reflect the textures, colors and shapes of the landscape in eastern Utah where he grew up and the Nevada desert where he currently lives.

Preece’s work is in the permanent collections of 34 institutions across the country, and he has had solo exhibitions at numerous museums nationally, most recently at the Nevada Museum of Art.

This exhibition is organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.


Featured Image: At Forest’s Edge, like many of the artist’s chemigrams, uses lushly swirled brushstrokes of chemicals to create an image that suggests primordial forests.

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