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Rachel Wolf at The Chehalem Cultural Center
June 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rachel Wolf, Unconditional
June 4, 2019 – August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 5-8pm
The Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E Sheridan, Newberg, OR 97132
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9am-6pm
The art of alchemy is the transmutation of matter, a process wherein something is changed from one state to another in order to achieve a higher or more valuable form. My work takes from the alchemists this idea of transmutative elevation, which in my projects is achieved through color and chemical action.
My principal method of working involves directly exposing photographic materials to light and chemicals. These essential matters become the tools, subjects and direct chemical process that create the final image. I choose to return to these irreducible elements, the invisible tools of analogue photography, in order to produce a new, tangible photographic subject. Taking the camera away from photography doesn’t remove the possibility for an image, instead it provides space for proposing images for an un-lensed, visual world.
Rachel Wolf specializes in camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations. Rachel is an educator and speaker in the field of photography. She has exhibited her work nationally, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Portland. Recently her work was acquired into the City of Portland’s public art collection and she has been the Artist in Residence at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, OR. Rachel is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel currently resides in Portland, OR.