On the second segment of this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast, artist Alison Rossiter discusses her work. Rossiter is featured in "What Is a Photograph?" an exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. The exhibition, which is on view through May 4, was curated by Carol Squiers. It looks at how over the last 40 years artists, often more interested in making an artwork than in specifically making a photograph, have probed the question of what a photograph can be.
Rossiter is a New York-based artist whose recent work has explored uses of expired photographic paper. She has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Canada over the last 30 years and her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House, the National Gallery of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
On this week’s program, Rossiter and host Tyler Green discussed the art historical references she teases out of works she makes with expired photographic paper. At the top of this post is Rossiter’s Fuji gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1920s, processed in 2009 (#2). Below it are two Morris Louis paintings that seem to have informed the Rossiter: Beth Chaf (1959) at the National Gallery of Art, and an untitled 1958 Louis at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
This is Rossiter’s Defender Velour Black, expired January 1924, processed in 2013 (#2). On the program, Rossiter explains to host Tyler Green how she makes works such as this using expired photographic paper.
See more images of art discussed on the show.