Sunday, May 12, 2018 - Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 7PM - 9PM
As a non-objective artist, Thomas J. Condon engages in an intuitively haptic process of manipulating paper, emulsion, light, chemistry, and time to generate camera-less photographs. His recent work is comprised of Chemigrams, an experimental process of painting on light-sensitive paper with photographic chemicals to create new—rather than reveal existing—images. He uses unconventional materials as resists to mediate the paper’s response to light and chemistry, inviting chance as a partner in authorship. Condon constructs art objects to reflect material experience rather than engage with the basic function of the photograph as a mode of documentation or image transmission. This technique explores the flexibility of photographic material and elasticity of photographic identity.
Tom Condon received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and his MFA in Photography and Film from Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts. Tom’s art is professionally represented by ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia and has appeared in International art fairs and competitions such as UNTITLED Miami, SCOPE (Miami and New York), the Affordable Art Fair, and artDC. He has received artist grants from the Chautauqua School of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and a professional fellowship in printmaking from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Tom Condon exemplifies that amalgam of painting and photography with his unique silver gelatin chemigrams. This experimental process utilizes a painterly application of photochemistry to light sensitive paper creating new imagery that Tom describes as an “imagining of the simultaneous impossibility of the abstract and the familiarity of the real.” Currently, he is spending a year focusing exclusively on his studio practice as a Staff-Artist, at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
Image: Chaotic Pressure, Unique Chemigram on silver halide fiber based paper, 24" x 20", 2018