Artists take turns manipulating each other's images

Local artists Amy Leibrand and Chad Cochran spent the past few months experimenting with manipulating each other's images for “BENT: A Collaboration in Manipulation.”

Leibrand called the collaboration an experiment in both technique and composition.

“This is not just Photoshop stuff,” she said in a recent interview at a Grandview coffee shop.

She described a process by which Cochran is layering an older photo of hers with a newer image of his that he has physically burned a hole in, leaving an opening onto the Leibrand image below. A third series features ghostly photos by Cochran that Leibrand has treated with the help of a vintage Daylab film printer. Once printed on Polaroid film, Leibrand dissects the film and soaks the photographic emulsion in water. The result is a gelatinous sheet that, once dry, becomes brittle. Leibrand takes these sheets and creates a collage.

“We do have this very precise Photoshop part, and then the other two processes are so imprecise [that] it's like the total opposite. The imperfections become part of the image,” Leibrand said.

“BENT” will remain on view through the end of September.