Neeko Paluzzi (b. 1988) is an Ottawa-based artist and educator whose images blend the possibilities of traditional, analogue darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques, such as 3D printing. He is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013). He is the winner of the 2018 Project X, Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council and the 2017 Applied Arts Award. Paluzzi is the curator of Exposure Gallery in Ottawa and is an instructor at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa and the University of Ottawa.
“TONES, is an installation that merges musical score with photo-based materials. Tonality is a term used in both music and photography. Duration, pitch, and intensity determine the tone of an individual note, and when these tones are placed in a series, they carry the intended mood of the musical piece. In a photograph, tone is conveyed by the distribution of light and dark within the plane of grains or pixels; an image is considered flat when the tones are mostly grey and contrasty when the tones are evenly split between black and white. In TONES, the grid of grey rectangles is a visualization of the minimalist composition This Place is a Shelter by Olafur Arnalds. In order to match the tonal range of the piece, Paluzzi uses darkroom equipment as a musical instrument, operating the aperture of the enlarger lens, contrast filters, and the timer to make sound into light. Each grey rectangle represents a different note in sequence. There are 233 notes in total.
C3, This Place is a Shelter and C5, This Place is a Shelter represent the tonal range of Olafur Arnalds’ minimalist piece This Place is a Shelter. The variations in the photographs come from the vibrations of the music made during the development process.”