Comments/Context: McDermott & McGough have made a photographic career out of reviving antique processes and using them to make modern images in a variety of historically accurate styles. Over the years, they've successfully recreated salt, gum, palladium and cyanotype prints (among others), and firmly entrenched themselves in an anachronistic 19th century lifestyle. The pair's newest body of work fast forwards them into the 20th century (smack into the middle of the 1950s via the exuberant color of the carbro process), and provides the perfect jolt of energy for these slushy, cold winter days.
These images are a terrific reminder of the pure unadulterated joy to be found in the carbro process; the colors are so blindingly crisp and bright, it's hard not to be seduced by their incandescent charms. If this show doesn't put a smile on your face, you'd better check your pulse.
Rating: ** (two stars) VERY GOOD (rating system described here)
- Review: New Yorker (here)
- Feature: Art in America, 2010 (here)
- Exhibit: An Experience of Amusing Chemistry @IMMA, 2008 (here)