LACONIA — Scott Bulger will be on hand to discuss his "Memento Mori" photography exhibit, currently on display in the Belknap Mill's Riverside Gallery, during an artist's reception on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bulger sees the collection as both "quite a departure from my previous bodies or work" and as a progression in what he wants to say.
"It's always an evolution," Bulger explained in a telephone interview. "If you look at my last five or six bodies of work, at first glance, they're very different from each other. The California [work] morphed into something else, and that took me into abstract florals, more focusing on just shapes. That took me into creating shapes with motion, which took me into taking long exposures of birds in flight. I then started experimenting with the shapes, breaking it into something less distinct. So I go from there to some nude figures wrapped in gauze. Now I'm working with a little political bent in my work.
"I take that work, and that morphs into this work, something more message-laden. It's a constant evolution from one message to another message, to another message, and you use whatever techniques you need to convey the message most effectively."
Bulger argues that the "why" is more important than the "how" but he is willing to discuss the techniques he uses to create the vision in his mind.
"Every message has a home," he said, "and that may be traditional black-and-white film, or color digital, or an alternative technique. It's like painting with oils, versus acrylics, versus watercolors. They've all got their own right ways to get there, and it's up to you as an artist to figure out how to say it properly."
Acknowledging that lots of people are very uncomfortable with death and they might object to his depictions of skulls, blood, and decay, Bulger said, "Whenever I'm thinking of what to do, 'Why' is always the first question to ask, and it should always be the most important question. When people see the works, why are they having a reaction to it? That can be a good reaction, or a less favorable reaction."
He explained, "The title means 'Remember Your Mortality', and it carries a morbid undertone to a lot of people. They don't like pondering death; then they're dead and they don't have to worry about it. I don't look at it that way. It's a discussion; it's a point of departure for a conversation: Why is a skull scary? We've all got skulls, under the muscles on our face. Why be afraid? It's part of us. What makes that uncomfortable to people?"
He explained that he begins with a digital image which he inverts to a negative on his computer. Then he prints that image on a large piece of acetate, which is the negative he works with. From there, he relies on antique processes developed just before the Civil War, using cyanotype and gum bichromate. The bichromate is light-sensitive and he makes prints from the acetate negative by leaving it out under the sun. "The chemistry you mix only reacts with ultraviolet light," he said, "so it's kind of a neat combination of 21st century technology with 19th century processes."
Many of the images he creates are done with multiple layers of negatives, and he also uses water to create stains or he lets black ink drip down to create light drips on the final print.
"There's a lot of peeling of the negative and putting it back; the image of the beetle kind of split in the middle and, putting it back, it was off registration, so it doesn't quite match, but I liked that. Every image is unique, and each has its own techniques."
"Memento Mori" is on exhibit at the Belknap Mill through April 26.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:37
LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Rally Association on Monday, April 21 at The Laconia Public Library at 7 p.m.
Charlie and Jennifer Anderson will present "The History of Motorcycle Week" – the oldest national motorcycle rally in the United States. In 1916, a group of motorcycle dealers decided to organize a motorcycle tour ... Laconia was chosen as the destination and thus, Motorcycle Week was born.
"I have always enjoyed the roar of the motorcycles coming through town, walking through The Weirs packed with visitors and their bikes and the parade of bikes marking the end of Motorcycle Week. I know Charlie has some great stories to tell and I am very much looking forward to this lecture." says Brenda Kean, LHMS Executive Director.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:27
LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia will host Bruce Marshall and the Nor'easters on Friday, April 18 at 8 pm. Admission is $12.
The band features original music by Bruce plus a high energy mix of Allman Brothers Southern Rock, Blues, Soul and Funk. Bruce is a member of The Toy Caldwell Band (Marshall Tucker) and has performed with Dire Straits, BB King, James Montgomery, Kate Taylor, Susan Tedeschi and more.
The band is made up of Bruce Mashall, Guitar and vocals, Al Hospers on Bass, Chuck Farell on Guitar, Eric Foye on drums, and Joe Alperti on sax.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:23
BELMONT — In a collaborative effort amongst Lakes Region Churches (LRC), Belmont Baptist Church, Lochmere Baptist Church and Grace Capital Church, Laconia Campus, EasterFest will help celebrate the fun and meaning of Easter. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the Belmont Elementary School on Saturday, April 19, the event will run until 2 p.m.
The inaugural EasterFest will provide area children and their families a free day of fun and excitement. The plan is to hold the largest Easter Egg hunt in the state, with over 10,000 eggs available to find. There will also be a bouncy house and climbing wall for the children to enjoy free of charge. Door prizes will also be awarded
Along with our Easter Eggs the churches will be providing free hot dogs, and drinks to everyone in attendance. It is estimated that 250 children and their families will be in attendance.
Many local business have come together in support of the event.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:15
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