The Gallery: Rinne Allen

The Gallery: Rinne Allen

amy chase
Dec 14, 2006

Maidenhair Fern, 5x6", kallitype, $128

Introducing Rinne Allen a photographer who draws with the sun.

I came across Rinne's work when I dropped in to see what the wonderful folks at hable construction (at 117 perry street, nyc) were making with their printed fabrics this season.

Installation of Light Drawings at Hable Construction

Selliginella, 8x10", cyanotype, $168

These have all been made using a "pre-camera-era" photographic process that involves treating watercolor paper with light-sensitive pigments, laying a specimen on the treated paper and then exposing it to the sunshine until a 'ghost' image is revealed.

Jellyfish Lace , 8x10", cyanotype, $168

Grandmother's Buckeye, 8x10", cyanotype, $168

Two Allium, 8x10", kallitype, private collection

The blue ones are cyanotypes, and the deep brown and gray ones are closer to a kalliptype. I love how this process allows her to brush the light-sensitive emulsion onto the paper creating its own shape with soft, brush-stroke edges. Each light-drawing is unique, and all all have been created with the sunshine in her backyard garden in Athens, Georgia.

Japanese Climbing Fern, ~16x21", cyanotype, $428

Wood Fern, 9x12", kallitype, $188

She has made prints/drawings as small as 2x3" and as large as 2'x3' -- and is angling on trying some as large as 6 ft tall soon. For that endeavor, I send her wishes for a brilliant sunny day -- no clouds, no wind! Prices range from $58-$975 (on up) -- options for almost any art budget.

Single Lace , 8x10", cyanotype, $168

Installation at Hable Construction, 117 Perry Street

Go see them in person at hable's sweet shop in the west village.

Inquiries? Please contact Rinne Allen through her website

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