ChemoToxic | Through This Lens | Arts | Indy Week
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When: Jan. 21-March 14 2011

The theme of toxicity runs doubly through this exhibit. Willie Osterman, a Fulbright scholar and emeritus professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, created images using a technique from the 1850s called Ambrotype. The process uses toxic chemicals to imprint a negative on wet glass; Osterman used it to document another process that uses toxic chemicals: chemotherapy, specifically the sessions undergone by his wife. The treatment was successful, as was the photography, if the publicity image is any indication. It's a haunting triptych of a depilated cranium emerging from shadow, moving from dark to light like a change of season—proof that what seems dangerous and scary can bring new growth, in art as well as in life. —Marc Maximov



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