Darkroom Update

This has been a slow week for darkroom construction as we’ve had to wait for city inspectors to sign off on the construction and the electrical wiring, and because of the pandemic these are taking longer than usual.

Inspections

The inspector from the State Department of Labor and Industry (wonderful!) came by for the electrical work and was quickly satisfied. “A darkroom, this should be simple.” 30 seconds later, “OK, cover it up!” But then we had to wait for the building inspector to approve the framing and support as we have a storage area above. He came by a few days later and took a look at the plans. “OK, so you’re building a darkroom, this shouldn’t be a headache.”  A couple of minutes later and he’d signed off too. Now it’s a question of getting the drywall installed and painted, the electricians back in to wire up the outlets and track lighting and the plumber to do the sinks. Simple..

New Studio

 

We’ve moved studios! We left our home of 25 years in south Minneapolis and have moved to the arts district of Northeast Minneapolis. I’ve lived in Northeast since leaving London and coming to America back in 1996 so I’m going to love the short bike or car ride from my home. The area is full of other artists, great restaurants, distilleries and breweries and, importantly, home of Art-A-Whirl, the largest open studio weekend in the country.

Waterbury Building

Situated right at the junction of Broadway Street NE and Central Avenue, the building is home to many small businesses, video editing, tv production and marketing companies.

It’s amazing how many artists I know who are moving studios right now, and I’m sure many of them have the same feelings I do, that the whole process is scary and daunting but also exciting and invigorating. But this has been a whirlwind couple of months; from knowing we had to vacate the old studio to finally moving into the new was exactly 9 weeks.

The new darkroom construction will be finished soon and it won’t be long before we stop packing and unpacking boxes. I’m really looking forward to making prints and portfolio cases once again and, once the pandemic is under control, seeing many of you at the new studio!

Mailing Address

Studio 137
1121, Jackson Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 701-9671 voice/text

The Best of The Best

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on constructing this accordion book and print portfolio for the edition ‘The Best of The Best’ by R. J. Kern. It includes 12 mounted salt prints (printed by R.J. Kern), 4 pop-ups, essays, statements and a colophon, and it all fits into the walnut and Plexiglass case. The print can also be displayed vertically in the frame or freestanding.

More information about the edition can be found on R. J.’s website or contact me, keith@keithtaylorstudio.com, for information on clamshell cases and book binding.

Each COLLECTOR’S EDITION contains a 15-page accordion-fold visual book and print folio.

 

From its 11 x 14 x 3 inch box, the accordion-fold book unfolds into a sequence of photographs and three-dimensional pop-ups. The book includes twelve bound salt prints along with four pop-up salt prints with salt print backgrounds. The book may be opened from either direction and displayed upright in an array of presentation shapes to include a rectangle (similar to barn stalls), a star, or a line. If exhibited in a rectangle form, dimensions are 41.25 x 31 inches.

 

The print folio includes one freestanding salt-over-archival pigment print signed by R. J. Kern; each of these prints is a unique animal pair drawn from an edition of 10.

Lumens

This is clamshell case I recently made with artist Lisa Nebenzahl. Besides needing a case to present both her prints and 3D constructions, Lisa wanted to learn the craft of making boxes and cases, so we worked on the project together. The case measures 13.5 x 19.5 x 4” with a removable set of dividers and a panel to separate the prints. It’s finished in Cadet Blue Japanese bookcloth with matte gold foil stamping.

Plains Project

I’m currently in the middle of a great project for a local artist, Peter Latner, (a photographer who still works with medium and large format film) as part of his Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant that he received.  

The project will involve a small edition of clamshell cases that each hold 58 gelatin-silver prints hand-printed by Peter, which are stunningly beautiful. I’m debossing 4-ply Museum board and dry-mounting the prints into the resulting plate mark. There will also be a title page, statement and colophon. Once I’ve mounted the prints and printed the text sheets I’ll have a better idea of the exact depth required, then I can start making the cases. That number of mounted prints will result in a nice, substantial case that’s about 4.5” deep. I’m going to try and post more images of the production as we progress over the next few weeks!