April 19 – May 23, 2021
Birth…to originate or be responsible for creating something; delivery, beginning, origin…I am.
The Birth Book is a unique object. The individual images were created on a 3M Color-In-Color copy machine, sewn onto handmade Kozo Japanese paper, and then mounted onto red fabric. The object is a form of an accordion book, using heavy cardboard for the front and back covers. Red ribbon was added to both covers, and is tied on each side, when the book is closed.
Ancient scrolls, and illuminated manuscripts greatly influenced me in the creation of The Birth Book. The format of the physical object epitomizes the passage of time and space, within the telling of my story. The unraveling of the scroll provides movement, and exemplifies the connection between the individual pages, as individual frames in a film are connected to create progression within the storyline.
The 3M Color-in-Color photocopier works similarly as the dye-transfer process. The final image is created by the passing of filters (red, yellow and blue) three separate times. Using the subtractive color process, superimposition on the printing paper was created by colored powder (magenta. yellow and cyan matrixes) adhering to the printing paper via a chemical reaction to heat. Various knobs and buttons adjusted contrast, saturation, and density of the three-color process.
Laura Krasnow, born in New York City, has lived and traveled throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
In addition to being a freelance photographer, she has worked as an assistant editor in feature films, and been trained in film preservation and restoration. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Brooklyn Museum.
Her passion is art, science and technology. After obtaining an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she returned to school to study math, physics and computer science. Laura has attended seminars at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, and the Centre for Brain and Mind, both in Canada.