Cyanotypes by Susan Weil & José Betancourt
August 25 - September 29, 2012
Opening Reception: September 1st, 6-9 pm
For the past twelve years, José Betancourt and Susan Weil have worked closely together to develop ways of printing and presenting a body of artwork using the Cyanotype, also known as the photographic “Blueprint.” Although the Cyanotype is their primary technique, Betancourt and Weil have worked with other experimental techniques such as photograms and Van Dyke Brown prints. Their collaborative works range from personal and autobiographical to formal compositions and constructions. Their love of the history of photography and their use of historical photographic techniques, such as the cyanotype, has produced an original and contemporary body of work.
Susan Weil is an internationally renowned artist living in New York City. Her first Cyanotypes can be dated back to the early 1950s. Weil has influenced many in the Abstract Expressionist movement- especially her ex-husband, Robert Rauschenberg, with whom she collaborated on many projects, most notably the Blueprint paintings of 1950. Her work is in many major museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
José Betancourt is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. José has been working with alternative photographic processes for 20 years and has given workshops on his techniques.