Rosalie Knaack places photos on the wall for the 'Soup Kitchen' exhibition in Daejeon, April 13. Courtesy of Rosalie Knaack

Artists in Daejeon embrace curiosity, experimentation and happenstance through film photography in a new group exhibition titled “Soup Kitchen.”The name doesn’t refer to free meals for the underprivileged but to an experimental technique of developing photos, in which a roll of film is soaked in boiling water and other household ingredients, intentionally damaging the film in hopefully artistic ways.Artist Rosalie Osborn Knaack explained the process in an interview with The Korea Times. “You shoot the film, and you throw it in the liquid with boiling water, salt and other ingredients, such as citric acid and vinegar and juice, soap and pineapple,” she said. The images — still in their film canisters — dry for weeks or even months before they are finally developed. The chemicals create unpredictable and sometimes unfortunate effects on the film. “Sometimes it utterly destroys the film,” she said. “But hunting for that really beautiful image is where I feel I can really make art as a photographer.”

Creating souped photography as a collaboration was the brainchild of Knaack, who graduated from Kongju National University in Korea with an MFA in ceramics. She has exhibited in multiple solo shows featuring her jewelry, fiber art, cyanotype prints and ceramics. She is a former artistic resident of Art Space Jang and is the current president of the Daejeon Arts Collective. She has a home ceramics studio where she teaches ceramics classes. She also teaches English courses at Joongbu University.Likening herself to a kid with a chemistry set, Knaack first became interested in chemical reactions through her practice in ceramics. In a process known as pit-firing, she places unglazed ceramics into a metal bin with various chemical elements and lights them on fire. Sometimes, the pieces break. But fortune can deliver unexpectedly beautiful 토토사이트 results.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.