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Melissa Cacciola

on December 9, 2011

Melissa Cacciola explores a range of 19th century media, from wet-plate collodion to Van Dyke brown. Through portraiture, her work offers an archaeological flashback, a way of seeing ourselves as we might have appeared in a pre-digital age. In this portfolio, Chemical Chimera, 22 tintype portraits of New York artists, musicians, writers, and dancers are offered as a kind of confessional before the camera. Original, unreplicated, and solitary, these images rebel against the notion of art in the age of electronic reproduction.


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