Selected works by Mariah Robertson

Mariah Robertson
62

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.

Mariah Robertson
63

2010

Unique colour print on metallic paper

147.3 x 111.8 cm
Mariah Robertson
45

2010

Unique colour print on metallic paper

142.2 x 203.2 cm
Mariah Robertson
88

2010

Unique photographic print on an entire roll of glossy archival paper

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

2007

Silver gelatin print

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

2007

Silver gelatin print

27.9 x 35.6 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude (Knit)

2007

Silver gelatin print

20.3 x 25.4 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude (Odonata)

2007

Silver gelatin print

10.1 x 12.7 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude

2007

Silver gelatin print

27.9 x 35.6 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude With Plant

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Mariah Robertson
Collage 3

2007

Silver gelatin print

25.4 x 25.4 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Self Portrait 1

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude 2

2007

Silver gelatin print

21.6 x 27.3 cm
Mariah Robertson
Collage 9

2007

Silver gelatin print

26.7 x 45.7 cm
Mariah Robertson
El Bosco

2007

Silver gelatin print

40.6 x 50.8 cm
Mariah Robertson
Untitled Nude 3

2007

Silver gelatin print

25.4 x 20.3 cm
Mariah Robertson
Nu Au Mirroir

2007

Silver gelatin print

50.8 x 40.6 cm
Mariah Robertson
Found Self Portrait, Modified

2007

Silver gelatin print

80 x 96.5 cm
Mariah Robertson
Gladiola Window RGB #1

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Mariah Robertson
Gladiola Window RGB #3

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm
Mariah Robertson
Moon Crosses Sun Roscolux

2007

C-print

76.2 x 101.6 cm
Mariah Robertson
Pool Water 3

2007

C-print

50.8 x 61 cm

Text by William A Ewing


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional images and information – Mariah Robertson

mariah.com
Artists own website, information on upcoming shows and past shows, links and selected works

guildgreyshkul.com
Representing gallery – current exhibition information

marvelligallery.com
Marvelli Gallery - New York Times review of Palomar: Experimental Photography, May 29 through June 27, 2009

marvelligallery.com
Marvelli Gallery - The New Yorker Palomar: Experimental Photography, May 29 through June 27, 2009

guildgreyshkul.com
Representing gallery – current exhibition information

maryboonegallery.com
Representing gallery – past exhibition information and selected works

grandarts.com
Mariah Robertson’s hypnotic large scale photographs use colored special effects filters and multiple exposures on a single piece of film to achieve their uncanny visual effects.

hustlerofculture.com
In Mariah Robertson’s exhibition Nudes, Still Lives, and Landscapes, the conceptual artist revisits early photographic techniques to question the transparency of viewing the present. Techniques like ambrotype, solarization, and photocollage threaten to disappear in the wake of digital photography.

the-artists.org
Additional information and links.