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Fritz Horstman, Folded Cyanotype 282, 2023

10.5 x 11 inches, cyanotype fluid on paper

Folded Cyanotypes is a series of two-dimensional objects, which carry the memory of light, three-dimensional space and manual manipulation, and which stem from an interest in natural structure. Made by first folding paper by hand into an intricate pattern, they are then unfolded, and coated with cyanotype photographic fluid. Working in the dark to protect the light-sensitive material, the paper is refolded, then placed in natural light, and sometimes manipulated using mirrors and lenses. The paper is then rinsed in water, and pressed flat to dry. What was exposed to light in the process turns blue when developed, and what was not remains white, furthering the spatial complications by reversing lightness and darkness. 

Fritz Horstman is an artist, curator, and educator based in Bethany, Connecticut. Recent exhibitions of his drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations have been shown across Europe and the US. He has upcoming solo exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut; Municipal Bonds in San Francisco; and at Planthouse in New York. Recent residencies include Bauhaus Dessau, The Arctic Circle Residency, and Shiro Oni in Onishi, Japan. He has curated exhibitions in Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Norway, and the United States, including Anni Albers: In Thread and On Paper, which will open at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX in February 2024. Education Director at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, he has lectured and given workshops at Yale University, Harvard University, l'École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Lebanese American Univesity in Beirut, The Royal Academy of Art in London, and many other institutions. He is the author of Interacting with Color: A Practical Guide to Josef Albers’s Color Experiments, which will be published by Yale University Press in spring 2024. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.

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