September 6, 2018 6:00 pm - September 7, 2018 9:00 pm
As a certified camera nerd born and raised in Space City, David Salinas can appreciate the latest in wiz-bang digital innovation, but he’s also an artist who came of age in the waning decades of the last century who loves his medium at its most painterly — untamed and unpredictable — when he can actually get his hands dirty. Naturally Salinas has become a Saint Anthony of vintage film, de-acquisitioned enlargers, Mad Max paper, and “day-old” developing chemicals whose photography is noted as much for its multifaceted process (weaving massive strips of paper in the dark or splashing bleach from a ladder) and DIY darkroom aesthetic as its striking imagery and mastery of composition.
Since moving to San Antonio three years ago, Salinas has expanded his ministry as a full-time evangelist for silver halide emulsion. His own art pieces are anti-instamatic testaments to the magic of discarded materials and devalued knowledge. And fellow photographers caught downtown low on provisions have even witnessed rolls of black-and-white miraculously sprinkle from the hands of this photographer’s photographer with the exuberance of Rip Taylor’s confetti.
Who but the “Johnny Appleseed of Analog Photography” would organize a group show by distributing film cameras and fistfuls of 35mm canisters to the participating individuals, process the subsequent negatives in his home studio, and then make contact sheets? The resulting “positives,” are hundreds of actual-size (tiny) prints (rather than enlargements) hand-selected by Salinas for an array of highly-affordable art intimately-viewed through magnifying glasses.
Opening: September 6 & 7 @ 6pm
This exhibition includes work by:
Billie Jean Poskey
Erik Jon Gufstason
Joe D. Garcia Jr.