Local photographer Angela Franks Wells isnt afraid to get her hands dirty. No, shes not a hitwoman. And no, she isnt snapping porn. Wells uses an old-school, and very messy, photogravure technique involving toxic chemicals that leave her hands stained black and smelling like copper pennies. The untidy process is fitting given her recent subject matter -- the oily, greasy workplaces of mechanics and other skilled laborers. I don't mind the mess, says Wells. From the beginning of this project, I've always enjoyed that the labor of my craft reflects the labor of their craft.
Fri., Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m., 2009