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e v r e s:
My experimentations with photography began with the desire
to create a new visual language that extends beyond the
traditional bounds of representational photography: to
produce what seems to be a contradiction in terms, painterly
cameraless light drawings. Visually they are a lyrical merging
of painting and photography, inspired by Cubism, Futurism,
and the contemporary use of digital manipulation in sound
I compose on sheets of film, using the light provided by a color
enlarger, drawing with/from the basic materials commonly
found in a darkroom: beakers, tape, cardboard, and knives.
The tools are rough, but the photographs, once
completed, are complex. This process enables me to make luminous
explorations of forms, detailed with graphic slashes as
complimentary shadows are interrupted by bright sparks
over eight years I have been evolving and perfecting my
technique within the medium of the traditional photogram,
which is a photograph made without the use of a camera
or a lens. By
refining my control of color and linearity, opacity and
transparency, I seek to create a depth rarely seen in
Unlike typical photograms, my images are not silhouetted
outlines of objects.
And unlike much abstract photography, my images
are not close-ups of patterns and shapes seen through
a lens. These
photographs are a convergence of light and mass built
from a rich layering of shapes and gestures. They exist
in the own other-worldly kaleidoscopic space, to be interpreted
through our experience with the "real" world,
and thus create an intimate reading within the viewer.
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Biography of Seze Devres
Seze Devres of Turkish descent, was raised in New York
At age 12 she began taking anatomy drawing lessons at
the Art Students' League, where she studied until college.
She received a BA from Bard College where she double majored
in Photography and Sculpture.
Later, she completed an MFA in Photography and Related
Media at the School of Visual Arts and was awarded the
Aaron Siskind Scholarship/Chairman's Grant for two years.
She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in
the U.S. and Turkey. Her work explores the potentials
of light in cameraless photography. Seze Devres' work
was recently featured in the Photography Armory Show 2002
and included in Simon Watson's Downtown Arts/Elle Young
Collector's Series in November 2002.