LOCAL ARTIST JOHN MURELLO'S POLAROID TRANSFER IMAGES ON EXHIBIT AT SEA CLIFF LIBRARY
March 23, 2014 -- The Sea Cliff Arts Council hosted a reception for local artist John Murello at the Sea Cliff Library this past Sunday, March 23rd.
A graphic designer, commercial and fine art photographer, Mr. Murello was director of RCA Records, Verve, and Dell Publishing. His clients included Random House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harper & Row, Adelphi, Putnam/Penguin and Queensborough College. His award winning work has appeared in national and international publications and have been exhibited extensively across Long Island.
The Polaroid transfer prints exhibited are a creative application of photography and hand coloring with various mediums. Utilizing only the negative portion of "peel apart" Polaroid color film, which is usually discarded then transferring it to a surface other than Polaroid media. By using a variety of textured materials including watercolor paper, rice paper, cloth even ordinary paper towels, prints are created that resemble small watercolors, lithographs and monoprints.
Watercolor pencils, pastels pencils and oil pastels are used singly or in combination to make subtle enhancements on the transfer print. Each print has an individual character since exact duplication is virtually impossible; therefore every print is an original in its own right.
Some prints are original photographs taken with a 4"x 5" camera but most are enlarged from 35 mm slides making it possible to create different versions of any particular slide. Three sizes of Polaroid color film are utilized 3 1/4" x 4 1/14", 4"x 5", 8" x 10". The images are unique because of the spontaneous nature of the process.
Mr. Murello's work will be on exhibit through the end of April.