Pushing photography to the limits MARIAH ROBERTSON at the BALTIC

Courtesy American Contemporary, New York. © the artist.
25 June 2011 – 30 October 2011

Highly aware of our technology-saturated world, New York-based Mariah Robertson bridges photography, painting, film and sculpture with images that, at first, hark back to the slower, semi-pre-digital arena of her youth. Working in a darkroom using analogue techniques now in their demise, Robertson manipulates photographic materials to reveal their strengths and fallibilities. Her hands-on approach sees chemical mishaps ‘paint’ the photographic surface, and an array of objects exposed directly on the paper or obstructing the enlarger.

Her elaborate compositions, lush with colour, are presented as objects within heavy frames, or as structures that cascade from the ceiling and around the gallery as over-sized film-strips.

This is Robertson’s first solo exhibition in the UK and will include recent and new work.

Enjoyed the idea of stretching photographic method to this extreme more than the actual artifacts. Well worth seeing though.

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach & coach mainly about interfaith as inter-spirituality - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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