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Artist's Reception: Alison Rossiter at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Turner Uligian, Monday, September 17, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Lost and Found

Exhibition Dates: September 22 - October 20, 2012

Reception for the Artist:
Saturday, September 22
2:00 - 5:00 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, September 22
1:00 - 2:00 pm (RSVP as seating is limited)

Alison Rossiter has been and remains connected to the darkroom and the silver print process. Weather Rossiter prints from "straight" negatives, draws with flash lights, makes photograms, or pulls latent images from expired paper past and present works bridge within the darkroom and the wet silver process itself. Rossiter's dedication to the darkroom has reached a new pinnacle.

Rossiter's newest series,Lament composes the aptly named Lost and Found exhibition at Stephen Bulger Gallery. Perhaps her volunteer work in photographic conservation at the Metropolitan Museum allowed further insight into vintage papers, their lasting properties and flawed characteristics. Appreciation for the history of photographic materials certainly was heightened by this experience; we can't help but wonder if curiosity too was inspired. Somehow, we imagine that the experience informed Lament, a series of prints drawn out of expired papers. Rossiter has collected expired photographic paper from around the world- some have been expired for decades, others for over a century. With only a safe-light to guide her Rossiter develops the collected sheets. Knowledge and skill was artfully used to pull the inner secrets of these forgotten pages out- to litterally cause them to surface. Many times the results are of little excitement, but there are rare moments of success. Refined selection of coaxed images amount to powerful and at often, as the series title suggests, mournful imagery.

Prints are soft and moody. Abstract but clinging to referents of organic forms, geometric shapes, and meditative tones, the prints are about a past and a present, the fading legacy of time-honored techniques. Like ghosts from the past the prints speak not only to process but become artifacts to and even of time. There is an undeniable archaeological aspect to the work. Beyond obvious layers of time and history we can't help but wonder at individual stories we will never know- the stories of hands that first owned these otherwise forgotten pages.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Stephen Bulger Galelry

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