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Conversation with the Artist: Cy DeCosse at Verve Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, May 28, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: May 28, 2011

A Retrospective
Exhibition Dates: June 24 – Saturday, September 3, 2011

Reception: Friday, July 8,
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Conversation with the Artist: Saturday, July 9
2:00 pm

Cy DeCosse, Provence Thistle (Dipsacus Sylvestris),
2002, 13.75 x 13.75", Photogravure, Ed. Of 50, Courtesy
of Verve Gallery
Cy DeCosse, Scallions, 1995, 21x17", Platinum
/ Palladium, Ed. Of 50, Courtesy of Verve Gallery
While a student at the Minneapolis School of Art and Design DeCosse bought a camera and transformed his coal celler into a darkroom. This began his long love affair with photography.

Cy DeCosse, The Four Seasons, Winter: Lemons,
Nuts and Leaves, 2004, 16x16", Gum Dichromate Print,
16x16", Ed. Of 15, Courtesy of Verve Gallery
Cy DeCosse, Tuscan Lemons, 1993, 15x15", Platinum
/ Palladium, Ed. Of 50, Courtesy of Verve Gallery
DeCosse is a craftsman of the highest quality and experiments with unusual even lost processes since becoming known as a bit of an alchemist. The variety of techniques mastered include platinum/palladium Prints, Gum Dichromate Prints, and Photogravures. Samples from all of these techniques will be exhibited in the Retrospective exhibition scheduled to run the length of the summer. Regardless of process the works have a luminous radiance, elegant composition, and a quality of detail that is so precise it is tactile. These qualities speak to DeCosse's philosophy- an image should be so desirable to look at as to make you approach to see something you hadn't before. The images are all inviting and do lure the viewer to take a second, closer, more intimate look.

More information on the artist, his work, and the exhibition at Verve Gallery

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