Krider photo exhibit on display at library
"Boneyards & Boatyards," two series of gelatin silver prints by Karen Twiss Krider, are on display at the Jamestown library through Dec. 10. Several of the black-and-white, hand-printed images have been in juried shows at the Newport Art Museum, the South County Art Association, Gallery 297 in Bristol, and the Wickford Art Association. Three have been awarded prizes. The series was first shown in full at the Brewster Ladies Library in Brewster, Mass., in September.
The Boneyard photographs show discarded military aircraft and parts in a Tucson junkyard, or boneyard. These images evoke personal and document our cultural history. Some of the aircraft, including a Cargomaster, are shown cut in half. That destruction was done in accordance with disarmament treaties.
Most of the Boatyard series documents the restoration of Skylark, a Sparkman & Stephens sailing yacht, by Loughborough Marine Interests, Ltd., at a Melville shipyard. The beautiful lines of the wooden hull are shown with soft spots and holes, and as its good bones are being replaced by master shipwrights.
"My favorite images show use and age, and evoke strong memories. I enjoy the process of developing these gelatin silver prints in my darkroom. Silver is the magic that makes the print dance on the paper," Krider said. Currently a student of fine art photographer Howard Rubenstein, Krider has also studied with Willie Osterman at the Maine Photographic Workshops and Zoe Stites at the Newport Art Museum.