The work of photographers Tara McDermott and Phil Eidenberg-Noppe are on display through Feb. 28 at the city of Kent’s Centennial Center gallery. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The work of photographers Tara McDermott and Phil Eidenberg-Noppe are on display through Feb. 28 at the city of Kent’s Centennial Center gallery. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

A colorful photographic collaboration on display at Kent Centennial Center Gallery

Weekdays through Feb. 28

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 2:41pm
  • Life

Two Seattle area photographers, exhibiting together at the city of Kent Arts Commission’s Centennial Center Gallery for January and February, have constructed a collaborative work which meshes their unique visions into a cohesive and eye-catching display.

The free exhibit is inside the city of Kent Centennial Center, 400 W. Gowe St. It runs through Feb. 28. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

During meetings to discuss the exhibition, both photographic artists quickly saw the potential to collaborate, according to a city of Kent news release. Each had a series of vibrant and abstracted photos based on flowers and botanical elements. Alternating blocks of 12 x 12-inch prints, they arranged them into a checkerboard pattern, which resulted in a quilt-like installation, but one made completely out of photographs. The final 3 feet by 8 feet result is a guaranteed antidote to the grey Pacific Northwest weather.

Tara McDermott’s “Imagined Places” images were created using a vintage Hasselblad camera. With an average of three sets of film montaged together, each image was scanned and digitally processed to create a more painterly, otherworldly, and ethereal result. A swirling moiré effect called “Newton Rings”, an artifact of the scanning process, is integral to the series, which increases the feeling of mystery in her images.

Phil Eidenberg-Noppe’s “Skagit Palette: Color + Motion” series is a result of breaking the “rules of photography” related to focus, camera stability and post-processing. His method of moving the camera while taking photos of the tulip fields and his digital post processing techniques result in a vibrant body of abstract work. The images are reminiscent of the “color field” paintings produced in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s.

The two photographers found the final result wildly exceeded their expectations. Eidenberg-Noppe’s hyper-bright swaths of colors play against McDermott’s images with their intricate and layered edgework and softer pastel palette to create a sum greater than their individual parts. The colors hum instead of clash, and the horizontal movement of the tulip field images against the vertical elements of botanical details create a crazy-quilt effect that is a sight to see.

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