Tasha Lewis

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The Herd, 2012
Source: http://www.jazjaz.net/

Tasha Lewis is from Indianapolis, USA, and her cyanotype work is just extraordinary. She has certainly taken cyanotype right into the third dimension. The above installation is part of The Herd, her 2012 exhibition at the Napoleon Gallery, Philadelphia. Lewis hand sews her cyanotype printed fabric onto animal forms and uses strong magnets to install the animals on glass panels. Have a look at her web site – she has other wonderful installations.

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The Swarm, 2012
Source: http://www.tashalewis.info/Sculpture/installation.html

Just love her butterflies. The butterfly installations started in 2012 and continue. Lewis says: “My goal is to create a very ephemeral public spectacle toeing the line between subversive and lyrical” and this she does beautifully as part of her Public Guerrilla Installations. 

Source: http://www.tashalewis.info

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Robert Rauschenberg

I was pottering around Pinterest the other day – looking for something inspiring on cyanotypes – so was quite excited to come across the work of Robert Rauschenberg. Not that I wasn’t aware of Rauschenberg – I just wasn’t aware that he did cyanotypes. Rauschenberg was introduced to the process by Susan Weil in 1949 when they were both students at Black Mountain College, North Carolina.

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Rauschenberg made this cyanotype, Untitled, in 1951. It is obvious from the above that the model lay on coated sheets of paper with sprigs of foliage and that the work was done inside, by moving a light around to develop the emulsion.

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The exposed print was rinsed in a shower bath. That is Susan Weil (who was his wife at the time) helping.

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And, although it might not be technically perfect, what a delightful print they have made.

Sources for images and text: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/vaporous-fantasies and http://magazine.sevendays-in.com/125/lultima-cianografia-di-bob-rauschenberg/

Robin Hill

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Beach Debris 2003 cyanotype on paper, mounted on wood, ten panels, 108-1/2 x 25-3/4 inches
Source: http://www.artcritical.com

Robin Hill hails from New York and Nova Scotia and is certainly one of my favourite cyanotype artists. Robin collects various discarded objects – and then uses them to make her wonderful big cyanotype installations. I think the one above was made from beach flotsam. I’m just impressed by the size of it and how it all fits together.

In an interview with Ron Janowich for Art Critical, Robin Hill explained some of her fascination with cyanotype by saying “What the cyanotype records is the quality of translucence and opacity in a material, and also the distance the material is from the paper and any shadow it cast”. She also went on to explain that a cyanotype explored more than what could be seen with the naked eye. It is neither microscopic or a magnification, but a one-to-one ratio of the object itself.

Source: http://www.artcritical.com/2006/10/01/robin-hill-multiplying-the-variations/ and http://www.othervoices.org/3.1/rhill/index.php