ARTIST:

Mariah Robertson

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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

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Thursday, 26 November 2020: COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

Following the UK Government’s latest announcement placing London in Tier 2, Saatchi Gallery will re-open from Wednesday, 9 December 2020. We will re-open with our free entry Ground Floor exhibitions (Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis and Antisocial Isolation) from December 9. The new dates for our next headline exhibition JR: Chronicles will be announced shortly.

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