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SELECTED WORKS BY Mariah Robertson

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Mariah Robertson
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2010

Unique colour print on metallic paper

61 x 116.2 cm
When do the rules that govern photography actually limit creativity?, asks Mariah Robertson, who “likes to find the point at which the little mediocre photographer [in me] gets its feathers ruffled”. Who said a print had to meekly accept being confined to a frame? Why can’t it ripple along a floor, up a wall and across a ceiling? Why does photographic paper have to be cut here and not there, especially if “the rough edges turned out to be the best part”? As for what gets to go onto that paper, Robertson admits to being strongly attracted to photography’s “alternative historical processes from photography’s shadowy beginnings with Victorian chemical hobbyists”, noting that this experimental urge continues unabated through the mid-20th century. She’s got the bug, too: in the camera or in the darkroom, in black and white or colour, Robertson cheerfully ignores standard procedures and welcomes accidents. Solarizations and photograms in the Man Ray mode, irregular chemical reactions, negative collage, games with filters, etc, etc… Spontaneous combustion seems as good a strategy as any when you are practicing alchemy.
As for what’s pictured, Robertson likes to confound figuration with abstraction. Her Nude with Afghani Export Rug seems like a pretty formal study of a male body until one looks a little more closely at the décor and notices that the pleasing, abstract pattern is actually composed of helicopters, AK-47s and tanks – big toys for big boys. Robertson’s abstraction can pack quite a punch.
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Mariah Robertson
63

2010

Unique colour print on metallic paper

147.3 x 111.8 cm
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Mariah Robertson
45

2010

Unique colour print on metallic paper

142.2 x 203.2 cm
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88 (detail)

Mariah Robertson
88

2010

Unique photographic print on an entire roll of glossy archival paper

76.2 x 3,048 cm (Length of paper)
Nude with Afghani Export Rug
Mariah Robertson
Nude with Afghani Export Rug

2007

Silver gelatin print

20.3 x 25.4 cm
Untitled Nude (Double Floral)
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude (Double Floral)

2007

Silver gelatin print

27.9 x 35.6 cm
Untitled Nude (Knit)
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude (Knit)

2007

Silver gelatin print

20.3 x 25.4 cm
Untitled Nude (Odonata)
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude (Odonata)

2007

Silver gelatin print

10.1 x 12.7 cm
Untitled Nude
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude

2007

Silver gelatin print

27.9 x 35.6 cm
Untitled Nude With Plant
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude With Plant

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Collage 3
Mariah Robertson
Collage 3

2007

Silver gelatin print

25.4 x 25.4 cm
Untitled Self Portrait 1
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Self Portrait 1

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Untitled Nude 2
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude 2

2007

Silver gelatin print

21.6 x 27.3 cm
Collage 9
Mariah Robertson
Collage 9

2007

Silver gelatin print

26.7 x 45.7 cm
El Bosco
Mariah Robertson
El Bosco

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Untitled Nude 3
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude 3

2007

Silver gelatin print

25.4 x 20.3 cm
Nu Au Mirroir
Mariah Robertson
Nu Au Mirroir

2007

Silver gelatin print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Found Self Portrait, Modified
Mariah Robertson
Found Self Portrait, Modified

2007

Silver gelatin print

80 x 96.5 cm
Gladiola Window RGB #1
Mariah Robertson
Gladiola Window RGB #1

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Gladiola Window RGB #3
Mariah Robertson
Gladiola Window RGB #3

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Moon Crosses Sun Roscolux
Mariah Robertson
Moon Crosses Sun Roscolux

2007

C-print

76.2 x 101.6 cm
Pool Water 3
Mariah Robertson
Pool Water 3

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Text by William A Ewing

Mariah Robertson's BIOGRAPHY

Mariah Robertson
Born in 1975, Berkeley CA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Hot Tropical Rain Jam, Museum 52, New York, NY

2009
Mariah Robertson, I am Passions, Marvelli Gallery, New York City, NY
Take Better Pictures, Museum 52, New York, NY

2007
Nudes, Still Lives and Landscapes, Guild and Greyshkul, New York City, NY

2006
Mariah Robertson, Guild and Greyshkul, New York City. NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London

2011
Process(ing), Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France

2010
Untitles, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York City, NY
PortugalArte 10, PortugalArte, Lisbon
Judith Eisler, Bryn McConnell, Mariah Robertson, Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
Greater New York, MoMA PSI, New York City, NY
Mexican Blanket, Museum 52, London
A Word Like Tomorrow Wears Things Out, Sikkema Jenkins and Co, New York City, NY

2007
View (Thirteen)Practical, Mary Boone Gallery, 745, Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY

2006
Haunted States, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
The Centre Of Attention-The Truth about Susan Gescheidle, Gescheidle, Chicago, IL
Help Your Self, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005
Festa di Cane Bastardo, Videomixtape from LA-Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck