AUGUST 4 - 25, 2018

“Valor” translates from Swedish to “Value” and the works by Kroon and Mellberg are reflective of the impact of personal stories, and their intrinsic value to life and culture.

Lasse Mellberg’s works implement vintage photography techniques, giving an antiquated appeal to contemporary subjects, ranging from lively jazz musicians to remnants of mining ghost towns. The method of Gum Bichromate printing is a 19th century process, which is capable of color photographs and results in a rendering of painterly images. Mellberg’s abilities also include techniques of analog darkroom prints, photogravure, and digital fine art prints. These methods display a lifetime of study, “I started with photography when I was 13 years old. ... And so it has been, the darkroom is my university.”

Black Faun Gallery will be exhibiting Mellberg’s Gum Bichromate prints, including jazz portraits of musicians from Chet Baker to Frank Zappa, shot during his time as a photographer and assistant to a Swedish journalist working for HIFI Music and Modern Electronic magazines. Mellberg’s work will also include digital prints, black and white dark room and toned photography. “Reflections of light [have] always fascinated me.” Mellberg states, “Memories and lost stories. Impressions and an open language. Photography is an outstanding tool.”

Sara Kroon is a photographer based in Sweden. She is a 2016 graduate of the Nordic School of Photography with a Bachelor in Photojournalism. Sara currently works as a freelance photographer, and has worked as a photographer at Mitt i Stockholm 2016 and Dagens Arbete 2016.

Photographic works from Kroon’s “The Freetown” series will be displayed, showing the ongoing subjective documentary of the community of Christiania: “Occupied land, illegal drug market. Self-proclaimed freetown, hippie idyll. Home.”

Documenting the people and dealings of Christiania has given Kroon insight into an alternative lifestyle, with relatable background.

“As I worked on my project, I met more and more people. I took their portraits but also, and just as importantly, listened to their stories, talked in their kitchen over a cup of coffee, watched the children play among plants of strawberries and marijuana in the garden of their homes. More universal themes also emerged.”

In addition to photography, sculpture will be on display for the month of August. Local blacksmith Monica Coyne returns to the Black Faun Gallery, creating beautiful works that tie man-made iron to the beauty of the natural world. She presents us with a quandary, “Humans are the most successful, ingenious and adaptive life form on the planet. Can we save ourselves? If we were more observant and mindful of the needs and behaviors of the other organisms, systems and elements that we work with? If we would try to look at things in different ways? Then, could we create a more symbiotic future?”