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Rowynn Dumont

Chimeric Unrest
www.rowynn-michelle.com

Last November, I traveled to Shanghai, China as part of a commission for the new steampunk bar Nimbus @ Vespertine.  They purchased a few of my photographs from me and now they hang, illuminated by light boxes, in the facility.  My friend, Chris Hora, who is also the chef there, was kind enough to send me images of my photographs displayed.  Thank you Chris!

From top to bottom:

1.  A sketch that I did as an artist reinterpretation of the Vespertine logo

2.  Deviance and the Twins

3. The Storyteller

4. The Butcher 

Spring in England 2014

I was speaking with a friend of mine the other day and she was asking me how I got the blue tint on my photographs without using Photoshop.  She seemed very surprised that the prints on watercolor paper had more of a painterly look to them then a photographic quality.   She herself is not a photographer but loves learning craft and art.  I explained to her that the process that I used was a fairly simple photography process called, cyanotypes.  It’s a very classic, and non toxic process, that anyone can learn.  She asked me if I could teach her and some of her other friends.  It gave me the idea that it would actually benefit others, like her, who were interested in learning the process, if I did a tutorial on it.  

So I would like to announce the coming of a series of short, hands on tutorials, to be shot here in England, during my stay.  These tutorials will be aired end of Spring, early Summer on simple, classic and experimental photography process.  

Check back here for updates and sneak peeks on the upcoming tutorials.  

The Life & Times of Basquiat

artnet:

When Annina Nosei and Larry Gagosian shared a Loft together, Mary Boone showed Julian Schnabel’s first Solo Show in spacious open-plan factory floors – SoHo, the now hip neighborhood was quiet a different place back then and is the beginning of the story of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

By Hendrik Hansson @hendrikhansson

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SoHo in the late 1970’s was very different to the hip neighborhood that it has turned into over the last 35 years. In those days it was a grimy, unfashionable, even dangerous industrial district, populated by carpenters, textile outlets, auto-repair shops and the blue-collar laborers that worked in the area’s assorted businesses. In the winter it was freezing cold and the ice and snow often remained unswept on the streets for weeks, summers were steaming and humid. Residential conveniences barely existed, apart from the odd deli or dive bars which were frequented by drug dealers and prostitutes. 

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Update #3 on mechanical wall in Nimbus at Vespertine, Shanghai.  Design by Rowynn Dumont and Michael Pennal. 

A tribute to this past NYC residency in January 2014; with my new doctoral program at The Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts.