Alexandria, VA 22314
Frances Borchardt captures the people and places along Maryland’s Western Shore with her camera, but a simple photograph is only the beginning of her artistic process. She dissects photographs into mosaic-like pieces, which are then strategically positioned into empty printers’ type cases to create an intriguing display of repetitions and patterns. The Art League Gallery will host a solo exhibition of Borchardt’s work, “Prints In Pieces: Views of South County,”July 8 – August 1, 2011.
While Borchardt photographs everyday places in and around her rural hometown south of Annapolis, her unusual method of display truly sets her work apart. She seeks to “capture the spirit of a place” in her multiple image montages, while adding a distinguishing factor that encourages viewers to take a second glance.
Once the image and type case are paired, Borchardt works on placement. She orders various print sizes to accommodate the various compartment sizes. She also faces the challenge of dealing with the curve of the photograph once it’s placed into a compartment, using multiple copies to create an uninterrupted image.
Borchardt began her career as a fine arts photographer, but moved on to commercial photography and graphic design. She credits this career choice for her attention to form, color, texture, shape, and shadow, as well as affinity for balance and symmetry. “I pre-visualize how a work will unfold in a case,” say Borchardt. The type cases, which are purchased in antique stores or acquired from friends, dictate the placement and orientation of an image.
Exhibit Dates: July 8 – August 1, 2011
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist featuring a bluegrass performance by The Higher Ground String Band: Thursday, July 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm
Sundays, 12:00 noon – 6:00 pm
Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community. The Art League is headquartered in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center.