Jenn Reidel: Rodin’s Photographer
Friday Opening Reception: January 10th, 6:00-9:00pm
In this series of narrative photos, “Rodin’s Photographer,” Jenn takes on the role of the Unknown Photographer, who worked with French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) in the late 1800s. Within a conceptual theme – presented as Jenn’s reinterpretations of this turn of the century artist’s photographs – she intertwines historical research and fiction to create a classic character who uses her camera to reveal the mystery of how the spirit moves us.
The genesis of this idea was sparked at the Maryhill Museum of Art. Jenn was inspired by Rodin’s sculpture she saw there and even more captivated by the photos of his entourage of artists, poets, and dancers. Who could be the ‘Unknown Photographer’ who is attributed to some of the photos of his sculptures? She wondered what would it have been like to meet Rodin and his artist friends? What would happen if she had relationships with them? What wisdom would they share?
This exhibition follows the Unknown Photographer through her early work as a Victorian “spirit photographer”, as well as her work with Rodin in France. There are portraits of Rodin and his famous friends such as the poet Rainier Marie Riike. There are also intimate photos that Rodin took of the photographer during their time together. This famous sculptor is a catalyst for her transformation and though we never know her name, perhaps we can be transformed, too, by the beauty that lives on in the visions of a woman artist. The photos will be accompanied by wall text relating real and imagined excepts from letters and diaries, historical reference and poetry.
To tell this story, Jenn had the help of another Vashon artist and friend. The exhibit features some of the works from her collaboration, including bronze sculptures by Michael Magrath (Director of Magrath sculpture Atelier at the Gage Art Academy).
DANCE PERFORMANCE – OPENING FRIDAY – JANUARY 10th
Part of this installation features dances performed by Abby Enson, who portrays Rodin’s muse Loie Fuller, an Arlette Moody as Isadora Duncan. These dances will be performed at the Friday Opening reception, Friday, January 10th, in the Atrium. Two performances ; 6:30pm and 7:15pm (approximate 15 min. total)
Arlette Moody harkens Isadora Duncan with a modern twist on her hoop skirt dance. The skirt is a willing partner in this pas des deux getting a life of it’s own and she moves through the space accented with a silken banner, and classical piano music.
Abby evokes the dances of Loie Fuller, who created pieces with light reflecting on flowing silk at the turn of the 19th century. With Christopher Overstreet playing lights and music this piece is inspired by stormy night skies, the patter of rain and the clicking of relays.