Bruce Myren : Markers: Memory

Bruce Myren

I could not stop my friends from killing frogs
(detail), 2007
Courtesy of the Artist

New England Currents at the Danforth Museum

October 22, 2008 — December 7, 2008

Artists Reception Saturday, November 22, 6 - 8 pm
Gallery Talks Wednesday, October 29, 12 pm and Sunday, November 23, 3pm

About the Artist

A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Myren has exhibited throughout New England at numerous venues. Highlights include Landscape: Fact and Fiction at the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut, Storrs and a solo show at the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, as a part of their New England Currents series in Fall 2008. Myren's current exhibitions that feature his Fortieth Parallel project include a solo show at Gallery Kayafas in Boston's South End and a group exhibit at the Lillian Immig Gallery at Emmanuel College in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Although he shoots most of his personal work with his 8 x 10 Deardorff camera, Myren has always been at the forefront of digital imaging technology. He started the digital imaging room at the professional camera store E.P. Levine Inc., in 1996, where he was the "Digital Evangelist" for 4 years, and later served as the US tech representative for Eyelike medium format digital backs (now Sinar). Myren started his own freelance company, BeeDigital, in 1999 and continues today to help photographers, art directors, and publishing houses navigate the digital world.

Myren's educational accomplishments include serving as a digital mentor for the American Photo Magazine's Mentor Series and teaching at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. This fall and spring, he is an adjunct faculty member with the new digital photography program at The New England Institute of Art.

Technical Notes
Myren photographs with his 8x10 Deardoff camera using color transparency film. He produces these unique panoramas by taking 3 individual frames of 8x10 Ektachrome film, moving the camera from left to right in time and space. Later, he scans and places them back together, leaving tell-tale signs of the film's frame intact. Made on his Epson 4000 printer, these prints are printed with archival inks on Crane's Museo Silver Rag paper.

About the Exhibit

For "Markers: Memory," I am returning to my hometown using a different kind of location-based system and exploring places with certain keen childhood memories. Sometimes, the places are entirely changed; other times, they are remarkably the same. There are many markers and memorials on the land that delineate time and place, but these images use simple "life markers": the spot where I caught my first fish, the woods where I first heard the word "hump," the field where I got my first and last hit in little league, etc. Most are fairly benign memories, but some are bittersweet while others suggest childhood regret. As a result of this endeavor, new memories are being created and then overlaid onto older ones. Although the locations and memories are subjective to me, the feelings they conjure up I hope are universal.

I expected to see a line of painted on the road, 2007, Bruce Myren

I expected to see a line of painted on the road, 2005
Courtesy of the Artist

She and I would spider swing and touch tounges, 2007, Bruce Myren

She and I would spider swing and touch tongues, 2006
Courtesy of the Artist

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