Characterized by the sweeping planes of ice and rushing water currents of Colorado in winter,
Andrew Zimmermann’s collection of black and white photographs, “Cold River,” will be on display
in The Art League Gallery November 8 – December 3, 2012. In conjunction with his exhibit,
Zimmermann will also present an artist talk detailing his process and this body of work on
Saturday, November 10 at 1:00 pm.
In this series, Zimmermann focuses on the stark contrasts in the environment – the variation
between solid and liquid, static and active. There is sharpness in the demarcation between ice
and flowing water, while the fluidity of the water itself creates a blurred indication of movement.
The pure blacks and whites inherent in Zimmermann’s photography are an ideal vehicle for
representing the distinctly linear, spare quality of the landscape.
Zimmermann’s large format process produces an 8 x 10” negative – from which he prints by
direct contact. This creates an exact transcription from negative to print, which is sharper and
more tonally resolute than other modes of photography. While this process can be cumbersome,
Zimmermann finds that it forces him to slow down and see the world around him more clearly.
A Washington, DC area native, Andrew Zimmermann has been working with large format
photography since 1998; this series was completed in 2008. He is a graduate of Bennington
College, a 2011 recipient of a fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a recent
resident artist at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska.