‘1/1’: Rust at Frost

Jun 28, 2014
Photo by: Dianna Rust “Lumina #16” by Camden’s Dianna Rust is among the cyanotypes going on view at Rockland’s Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Rockland — On Friday, July 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., the Jonathan Frost Gallery will celebrate its grand re-opening with a show of photographs by Dianna Rust titled “1/1: Unique Photographic Prints.” Jazz pianist Jesse Feinburg will play at the reception in the new location of Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop at the corner of Main Street and Park Drive.

All the show’s photographs are lumen prints or cyanotypes; each is one-of-a-kind. The work centers upon the flowers and foliage of the photographer’s gardens. Rust was born in the town of Harrogate in Yorkshire, England. She grew up in London and moved to the United States in 1977. She has been taking pictures since age of 11; her early photographic adventures included a school trip to France when she was 15; a year in Moscow, with expeditions to Siberia and the Caucasus, when she was in college; and a tour of the southern United States, taking pictures of houses “posh and poor.”

As a young wife and mother in Lincoln, Mass., Rust photographed her children and also did photojournalistic essays, such as of the town’s Fourth of July celebration. She built a darkroom and took classes at the DeCordova Museum and the Museum of Fine Art. She was drawn toward abstraction, favoring for a while long shadows and other attenuated shapes.

Rust has used and experimented with many materials and processes including variations on silver gelatin printing (e.g. toning with selenium, copper, and gold); palladium and platinum printing; salt printing; cyanotype and lumen printing. She has shown at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass.; the Danforth Museum in Framingham, Mass.; the Francis Colburn Gallery at the University of Vermont; Space Gallery and the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, both in Portland; and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. She lives and works in Camden.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop is next to the Park Street Grille; the gallery’s direct entrance is on Park Drive, but visitors who wish to avoid stairs are welcome to enter on Main Street. For more information, call 596-0800 or visit jonathanfrostgallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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