The dnj Gallery in Santa Monica will present Encaustic Noir, an exhibition of works by photographer Helen K. Garber, to inaugurate Noirfest Santa Monica 2012.

The exhibit will be held from Saturday, Jan. 14 through Feb. 25 at dnj at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. J1, Santa Monica. An opening reception is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14.

In Gallery II, dnj will present a selection of vintage works by famed Parisian photographer Brassai and several of his contemporaries.

In Encaustic Noir, Garber recycles images from an earlier photographic collection and uses a layered, textured technique to create completely new work.

“Spending months on a 40-foot-long technical nightmare for the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture started me thinking about … working with texture and dimension,” Garber said. “I felt that I had mastered the 2-D image and that it was time to move on to something new.”

Taking her inspiration from film noir of the 1940s and 50s and German Expressionism, Garber’s work is evocative of the minimal black and white cinematic style, a gallery spokesperson says. Garber uses a process to adhere her vintage negatives, printed on handmade papers, to reclaimed and salvaged wood scraps found locally in her local Ocean Park historic district neighborhood and to finish with a fresh coating of beeswax and twine from an old independent Venice shop.

This is Garber’s second show with dnj Gallery. In the 2010 group exhibition, Night Lights, her series of photographs, Venice/Venezia, was included. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with her most recent exhibition held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.

In conjunction with the Garber show, dnj is showcasing a collection of vintage noir photography by artists Brassai, Paul Almasy, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maurice Georges Chanu, Robert Doisneau, Andre Kertesz, Jean Prevel, Geza Vandor and Sabine Weiss.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Information, (310) 315-3551.

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