Perfect Imperfection

Ian Ruhter’s exhibition ‘Perfect Imperfections’ opens at Art Ventures Gallery, Menlo Park, California where he is showcasing photography using vintage techniques until March 18, 2018.

Ian Ruhter is a photographer whose groundbreaking exhibit mirrors Stanford’s legendary Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering capture of horses in motion. Using his truck as a giant camera and darkroom, Ruther pioneers a unique approach to creating images based on Muybridge’s 19th Century wet plate collodion process. This invention requires a tremendous force of energy producing the same answer to the mathematical equation Muybridge wrestled with for years before that fateful summer day on the horse track in 1878.

Ruhter’s hand-made solid plates are deaccelerating and disrupting today’s snapshot photography,” says Katharina Powers, founder of Art Ventures Gallery. “By using the slowest way to produce a photographic image. The results are stunning, imperfect pieces of art that function essentially as wall sculptures.”

The show will most significantly include the largest wet-plate collodion photograph in the world: a 66 x 90 image that was taken using a dilapidated home in Bombay Beach, California, like a camera.

If you are near San Francisco or San Jose, CA it’s definitely worth making the 25-mile drive to 888 Santa Cruze Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

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