"At a time when photographic darkrooms are almost obsolete, Robertson makes work that couldn't be made anywhere else. Her hectic pictures are less about imagery (palm fronds, naked men, people at the beach) than about technique—the messy, accident-prone printing process itself. The prints are presented as objects: roughly trimmed swatches of glossy metallic paper curling up at the edges and displayed in white frames or, in the largest piece here, tacked to the wall, stretched to the ceiling, and pooling onto the floor in one crazy, continuous flow."
(New Yorker, goings about town: ART, March 21, 2011)
Mariah Robertson (b. 1975, lives in New York, NY) is an artist whose work addresses the presumed endless reproducibility of photographs. Her process entails enjambed and cropped photographs squished into frames, created using slow-developing, room-temperature chemicals to give them qualities of collage and painting. She is currently represented by Museum 52.
(Adapted from Paddle8 Dossier)