Guest Post, Gray Lyons: Large-Scale Cyanotypes

These works are large-scale cyanotypes. They are life-sized images of the body, created by using the body as a photographic negative, exposing directly onto the paper. Cyanotypes are created by hand-coating a surface (in this case, paper) with a light-sensitive solution, then exposing the coated surface to the sun. An object resting on the coated surface blocks portions of the light, which creates an impression of the object. After the exposure, the image is washed with water, which makes it safe to be viewed in daylight conditions. This is an antique photographic process (circa 1840).

 

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Gray Lyons

Gray Lyons is a photographer and installation artist whose work addresses themes of memory, history, sexuality and self. She has received degrees from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Savannah College of Art and Design and Towson University. Her work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, and can be found in the collections of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, the Siena Art Institute Library, the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur and the Brauer Museum of Art. Ms. Lyons is a faculty member at Indiana University South Bend, and has been a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Georgetown College and other venues. Her studio is in South Bend, Indiana.

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4 thoughts on “Guest Post, Gray Lyons: Large-Scale Cyanotypes

  • October 13, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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    As w/ any photograph, especially more arcane or complex photographic processes, it seems like there are some ghost stories lurking around these waters. Good work, suitably spooky stuff for the season at hand!

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  • October 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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    As someone who is unfamiliar with photography, this is something I didn’t even know existed until now. I think it’s cool how old the technique is, yet it looks really modern. I agree, there is something very ghostly about it too.

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  • October 16, 2016 at 1:55 pm
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    I have never seen anything like this before. It is so different and eerily beautiful. It makes me interested and uncomfortable at the same time. I think good artwork should make you think and feel and these pieces certainty do that.

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  • October 17, 2016 at 10:02 am
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    I love the beauty of it that artwork is so often damaged by too much exposure to light, and yet this style uses that exposure to create such unique pieces.

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