New methods create unique styles


Alan Vlach

This is a palladium print from Alan Vlach’s Wheatpaste Series.

Carlena Bressanelli, Staff writer

There will be some different visions of photographs this October in the Cummings Art Gallery.
“Alternative Visions,” an exhibit curated by Gary Cardot, will have photographs made with alternative processes.
Some of the artists in the show are William Bergman, Benjamin Haytock, Dorothy Kloss, Alan Vlach and Heather Wetzel.
When visiting the gallery, people can expect to see a variety of images made through alternative processes, including European landscapes, still life, conceptual works and murals.
William Bergman is an artist from Buffalo, NY.
According to the College News and Events, Benjamin Haytock is an alumnus of Allegheny College, class of 1966.
He did an artist talk at a reception there in 2010 for photography he showed in the Allegheny College Art Gallery for a Faculty and Alumni exhibit.
He was a former math professor, associate dean and registrar between 1971 and 2008 at Allegheny.
He displayed “present alternative process photographs in which he combines antique hand-applied techniques and digital methods.”
Dorothy Kloss was born in 1956 in Erie.
She found out later in life her true passion was for black-and-white photography after spending most of her life studying music.
She learned about “large format photography and the darkroom” from her father, who was also a photographer, according to her website.
She eventually learned about “historical photographic processes and met internationally renowned photographers” during workshops in Toronto and Pittsburgh.
She has shown some of work in exhibits at the Erie Art Museum.
Her artist’s statement explains her goals when capturing images.
“I am not trying to tell a story with my pictures, but rather, trying to convey some type of emotion or gesture in my work through the subject as if it were a transcendent experience,” she says in the statement. “Even when photographing a seascape or still life, I need to have that personal connection with the subject.”
All the way from Maine is Alan Vlach.
Vlach, “a fine-art photographer with a deep commitment to the traditional darkroom while embracing new technologies,” works extensively with “digital enlarged negatives and historical processes as well as digital printmaking,” according to his website bio.
He began working with those types of photographs in 2006.
Heather F. Wetzel works in “historic photographic processes, hand papermaking, and book arts,” according to her website bio.
She is a lecturer at Ohio State University in the art department and a book arts specialist at Logan Elm Press, according to her website.
Wetzel’s main statement about her work is how time goes so fast and there is not enough time for the little things in life.
There will be a reception Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cummings Art Gallery, where anyone who attends will have the chance to meet the artists. The actual show will be Oct. 3 through Nov. 6.
The gallery is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., but it will be closed for mid-semester break Oct. 13-16.


Correction: In the original article for the September 28 edition of The Merciad, the name of William Bergman was misidentified as Robert Bergman.