White Balance: A Solo Exhibition by Christina Price Washington
Curated by Karen Tauches
In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: September 26 – November 7, 2019
The Swan Coach House Gallery is pleased to present White Balance. Christina Price Washington, known for her photographic abstractions and theoretical investigations, explores alternative interventions in light values, who determines them, and how they are mediated in contemporary printed methods. Her work transcends the mere physicality of a photograph in that she investigates the systems of image-making itself.
This exhibition presents finely printed photographs and photo-based print media that play with the concept of “white balance” within the traditions of photography. Proper camera white balance has to take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light.
In White Balance, Price Washington uses and interrogates specific and commonly accepted tools that have determined how photography has historically evaluated color, lightness, and darkness. Such valuations were aesthetic decisions made in the early 20th century by pioneers of photography such as Ansel Adams, who developed the Zone System and incorporated the concept of “middle grey.” “Christina Price Washington works in between traditional black and white processes and the contemporary digital frontier,” states curator Karen Tauches. By using a variety of digital and analog methods, Price Washington creates photographs that document subtle tonal variations that can be found within the plain, bright light of day.
Christina Price Washington received a Master of Fine Art in photography in 2012 and a Master of Arts in Art History in 2014, both from the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Her work has been featured in Slow Exposures, curated by Brett Abbott and Julian Cox, former curators of photography at the Paul J. Getty Museum; Rising Movers & Shakers of the Georgia Arts Scene at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia; and in Art Basel in Miami. In 2016, she was selected to the Portfolio Show at the Atlanta Photography Group curated by Lisa Sutcliffe of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Works on Paper curated by Leslie Jones of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art and in private collections in the United States and Europe. She lives and works in Atlanta, where she teaches Photography at Oglethorpe University.
This exhibition is sponsored by Northern Trust Corporation and Wanda Hopkins.