A Colorado native now living in Brooklyn, Jeff Klapperich has spent the last decade specially developing a complex, multistage process involving drawing and ceramics, ultimately producing an analogue photograph combining the two.
Klapperich's process starts with a photo of a figure in a studio. From this he creates a drawing and a crude, ceramic sculpture, allowing him to accentuate or oppose the forms that are present in the original image. The clay has an infinite number of textures and a capacity for dimension while remaining structural and anonymous. “Transmutations,” the “Metamorphosis” series's latest iteration includes the use of ceramic glaze, a medium which informed his ultimate inclusion of color. The final photograph is an image of the sculpture captured using creative techniques in lighting and exposure and shot through acetate paintings in a large format camera. “With each step of the process, the image is altered, getting further from the reality of the model but closer to an artistic truth,” says Klapperich. The images are then grouped into 8 multi-image vignettes, with each image representing one of the process's four stages.
Mike Wright Gallery is pleased to present “Metamorphosis: Transmutations,”
a solo show opening March 10th, 2017 in conjunction with Denver's Month of Photography. Read More....