Exhibitions

 

On Light: Reflections from the Darkroom  ~ Photograms and Prints

March 12 - May 22, 2020

 

To view the exhibition on youtube please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL1lxe_3rLs

 
Presented by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs
Press Release:
 
To be proficient in any one of the visual arts demonstrates knowledge and talent. To be accomplished in three, shows fine-tuned expertise and creativity. Mary Cathryn Roth is such an artist. Roth received her MFA in Painting and Photography from The City College of the City University of New York. In addition, she paints intricate designs on replicas of functional household objects a centuries-old artform, American decorative arts. Two years ago, in her On Time exhibitition, Roth displayed abstract paintings and photographs in the gallery and decorative arts in the glass vitrine cases. 
 
Presently in the glass vitrine cases in the Foyer of the Mindy Ross Gallery, Roth’s exhibit On Light: Reflections from the Darkroom ~ Photograms and Prints is “captive” because SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus is closed. Originally slated to be open for viewing March 12 through May 22, 2020, a virtual tour has been created to bring the exhibit to you via YouTube.
 
Even though the video tour moves more quickly than in-person through the exhibit, the detailed narrative recorded by the artist herself provides perspective and information in an intimate manner which offers a deeper understanding of the photograms and prints and negative drawings as well as the equipment. On Light is the second in Roth’s series of exhibitions exploring the artist’s essential question and themes of time, light, space, absence, presence and the body in motion. Roth states that it “is a celebration of the darkroom – its mysteries, tools, techniques and pleasures.” In addition to her early and recent photograms, negative drawings are included all as unique works of art. Also, several cameras, film, negatives, example contact sheets, paper easels, brushes for cyanotype and platinum, negative holders, reels and tanks for processing are on display.
 
On Light is a captivating presentation of the artistry and process of pre-digital photography. Enter the darkroom through the video.
 
 Included in this exhibition are examples of essential darkroom tools (from Kodak Brownie cameras that belonged to the artist’s father, Roth’s first film camera, a Nikon FE, film, negatives, example contact sheets, paper easels, brushes for cyanotype and platinum, to negative holders,
 reels and tanks for processing) as well as selections of prints, photograms and negative drawings from over 25 years of a photography practice. The viewer will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it feels like to be in a darkroom and return to a more hands on process, quite a distance from the immediacy of our digital age.

Early and recent photograms are included in this exhibition, as Roth revisited techniques and reinterpreted her past approach last fall in the darkroom. Photograms are unique works of art, a reflection of a specific moment and intention in time. Created by placing objects on the photosensitive paper and letting light expose the shape of the object with varying translucency, no negatives are used in this process. This is often a first lesson in photography, but an art form in its own right as exemplified by the early work of Henry Fox Talbot, Man Ray and contemporary artists.  The photogram is a beloved darkroom process and final work of art.

Also included are a few unique self-portraits and images from Roth’s Negative Drawing Series – in which the artist uses negatives, in the carrier, and the paper easel and enlarger light to ‘draw’ with the negative onto the photo sensitive paper. The light becomes the drawing tool. Like the photograms, each negative drawing is an unique work of art.
 
Presented, filmed and edited by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs
 

 

 

On Light: Over Twenty-Five Years of a Photography Practice

Coming June 2020

 

On Light is the second in a series of exhibitions exploring the artist’s essential question and themes of: time, light, space, absence, presence and the body in motion.  The images in On Light bring together over twenty-five years of the artist's photographic practice. The idea of the essential question is a key concept of Roth’s painting mentor Al Loving, who she studied with at The City College of New York for her MFA in painting and photography.  This will be a completely online exhibition.

 

 

On Time: Paintings & Photographs by Mary Cathryn Roth

January 3 - March 9, 2018

 

On Time is the first in a series of exhibitions exploring the artist’s essential question and themes of: time, light, space, absence, presence and the body in motion.  Roth is interested in how humankind structures and patterns our lives primally and specifically to our time. The idea of the essential question is a key concept of Roth’s painting mentor Al Loving, who she studied with at The City College of New York for her MFA in painting and photography.

 

The works from the Surface Series: Trinidad Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, New York City, Newburgh and San Juan in On Time reflect on the weathering of historic structures and regular buildings alike. For this exhibition, three early paintings were selected to accompany twenty-seven photographs from the Surface Series, including The Rape of the Sabines I, 1995, Untitled (Earth), 1995 and The Deep, 1989.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, conspicuous wealth shaped the town and no expense was spared in fashioning the finest Spanish colonial mansions, plazas and churches, which still stand testament to this era. Eighteen time-worn, weathered abstract fragments of surfaces of these buildings from Trinidad photographed in 2000 are included in this exhibition arranged in two grids of nine. Paired with these grids is the painting The Rape of the Sabines I, 1995, 120” x 66” inspired by Giambologna’s sculpture c. 1579 in Loggia dei Lanzi, Signoria Square, Florence.

 

The Deep, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 88” x 66” an homage to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, is paired with two digital photographs, Giclée  prints from the Appropriation Series 2017 in which the artist creates abstract digital imagery inspired from her early paintings. These works are a reflection on time and distance, from one’s own work, the rapid change in technology and process of documenting these works, and Richard Serra’s statement that “It takes a lifetime to become an artist.”

 

Untitled (Earth), 1995 acrylic on canvas, 80” x 67”  is paired with two diptychs of the surfaces of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan. The Surface Series imagery is a reflection on the effects of nature on man-made structures over time, the idea of history repeating itself, and the knowledge that our egos and errors will be erased – that over time nature prevails.

 

On Time is on view at the Mindy Ross Gallery, SUNY Orange Newburgh, 1st Floor, Kaplan Hall, corner of Grand and First Streets from January 3 – March 9, 2018 with an opening reception on Newburgh Last Saturday, January 27, 2018 3-5:30 PM, Newburgh, NY and is sponsored by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs (845) 341-4891. cultural@sunyorange.edu. www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs. Free secure parking is available in the underground parking garage accessible at 73 First St. Regular gallery hours are 8am to 9pm Monday through Thursday and to 6pm on Fridays. 

 

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June 2020

Walking Series I: Seasons Change

 

Walking Series I: Seasons Change is an exploration of nature's changing seasons over the course of a twelve month period during which the artist walked the same four and a half mile walk. All images were taken and edited with an iphone SE. The exhibition will be available online July 1, 2020.

 

 

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