Alison Rossiter

Artist lecture Thursday, October 29, 2015 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Haloid Military, expired October 1957, processed 2015, 2015

Alison Rossiter takes a minimalist approach to creating her photographs. She does not use a camera or film, nor does she use light. Since 2007, she has processed sheets of expired gelatin silver paper in photographic chemicals in the darkroom. Her work begins with collecting packages of commercially manufactured papers dating from 1900 onward, with a few rare examples from the nineteenth century, and is completed by the simple acts of immersing or dipping a sheet of paper in developer, or of pouring or pooling the developer on the sheet, followed by stopping and fixing the print. She refers to her work in terms of “latent images,” which have already been more or less fully formed by use or neglect and must simply be developed and fixed, and “processing experiments,” which require more intervention to create images. Rossiter achieves a rich array of results, with some works suggesting the faint impressions of primitive mark-making, others resembling landscapes, and still others calling to mind mid-twentieth-century painterly abstractions. Through the fundamentals of analog photography, she develops a dialogue between technology, process, the history of the medium and simple, raw materials.

Rossiter studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Banff Centre School of Fine Arts. Her photographs have been collected by institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Center for Creative Photography, Tucson. Most recently, her work was featured in the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Navesink, New Jersey, and Manhattan.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.

Larry Sultan Photography Award

Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.