Natalie White: Transmissions from Space
Through June 25, 2018
245 West 14 Street, NYC
Manhattan-based artist Natalie White, former muse and model to dozens of male artists, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of 37 new works that were created with the iconic 1978 Polaroid 20 x 24” Land Camera. Only seven of these 235-pound Polaroid cameras were ever built; four are left; and the remaining undeveloped film stock’s chemical expiration is imminent.
Transmissions from Space marks the debut of a new series of 21 experimental Polaroid transfers consisting of nude self-portraits that were double-exposed with NASA imagery then manually transferred to heavyweight watercolor paper. The process was inspired by White’s childhood discovery of a rudimentary Polaroid transfer method while playing with a late-1970s Polaroid camera she found at her grandmother’s farm in West Virginia.
Including the transfers, Transmissions from Space comprises four distinct series, each of its own production method. Aside from the 21 double-exposed nude self portrait/NASA transfers to paper, the exhibition’s works are presented on vintage Polaroid film stock. One body of seven works employs polychrome lighting gels to show White making hand symbols, subtly blurring the artist’s nude body in the background. Three additional works are double exposures of White’s face, playing with beauty standards by distorting the subject to alien-like proportions. The final series consists of four moiré-effect headshots for which White left the camera’s gap open, leaving a static overlay effect that inspired the exhibition’s title.
A preview of works on view is below. See the Dropbox folder linked above to download high resolution image files. Image reuse must be with credit to Natalie White.