Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frank Myers Captures the Spirit of New Orleans

Frank Myers, of Raleigh, North Carolina, has been named an Artist of Distinction for work showing in Still Point Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Global Lifestyles: Cities, Towns, Villages. Myers’ wonderfully unique, impressionistic images are photographs that were developed using a technique called digital Polaroid manipulation (explained below). His images capture the spirit of New Orleans…the city’s unique style of music, unique approach to jazz, interesting instrumentation and one-of-a-kind musicians, and evenings spent enjoying the company of friends in an amazing city that never sleeps. With careful attention to light and digitally-produced impressionism, Myers' photography captures the action, movement, vitality, tradition, and sound of the city that the entire world has come to love and respect--New Orleans.

New Orleans Trumpeter                       
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New Orleans Buskers Skinny Tuba   
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 New Orleans Washboard Player
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Myers has been drawing, painting, and taking pictures his entire life. In college he studied with Herb Jackson who introduced him to action painting and abstract imagery. That exposure was instrumental in moving his thinking about imagery from purely literal to conceptual. This important shift had a tremendous impact upon Myers’ artistic vision.

As life moved forward Myers found himself working almost entirely in photography. Several years ago he began to experiment with digital painting. Myers has enjoyed rediscovering painting and drawing using a combination of the latest digital tools combined with analog techniques. One such technique is Polaroid manipulation. The technique involves using a stylus or toothpick to move the emulsion around on a Polaroid image as it is developing to create an impressionistic version of the photograph. The digital version of this technique involves using different brushes, paints, and masks to create a stylized rendering that, like a true Polaroid manipulation, is a very loose interpretation of an actual photograph.

Myers produces limited edition prints of his digital works that are limited to fifty (50) and are printed on traditional papers, canvas or handmade papers whichever provide the texture and quality that best represents the images.

New Orleans Trumpeter, digital polaroid manipulation, 16 x 24, not framed, $250
New Orleans Buskers Skinny Tuba, digital polaroid manipulation, 16 x 24, not framed, $250
New Orleans Washboard Player, digital polaroid manipulation, 36 x 24, not framed, $450

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
October 10, 2010

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