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Mariah Robertson Wears a Yellow Suit to Work | "New York Close Up" | Art21

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    이곳은 암실이에요.
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    이것은 금속으로 된 종이고요, 네.
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    이건 일반 포토 용 종이보다는 약간 더 두껍고,
    약간 더 오래 지속되는 것 같아요.
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    이것은 여기에서 매우 복잡한 조각들이고...
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    이것들은 화학약품이 담긴 병이에요.
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    이건 막 생산이 중단 되어진 제가 가장 좋아하는 브랜드에요.
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Mariah Robertson Wears a Yellow Suit to Work | "New York Close Up" | Art21

How does an artist make work in extreme circumstances? In this film, artist Mariah Robertson wears a makeshift hazmat suit, face mask, and breathing apparatus to create a series of hand-processed color photographs in her darkroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Navigating both a toxic process and discontinued materials, Robertson's ability to perfect her technique is a race against time, dwindling resources, and her ability to endure difficult conditions. The artist's unorthodox, photo-based projects often employ multiple techniques in a single image: enlarging negatives, employing filters, crafting hand-made patterns of colored gels, and placing objects—such as agate slices, hoses, and glass—directly on the paper. In addition, Robertson achieves one-of-a-kind results by developing each photo in an artisinal fashion by spraying chemicals and by controlling reactions with variable temperatures and the strength of her materials. In the end, Roberton's tragicomic images poke fun at a traditional photography culture while exploring the slow obsolescence of analog processes in a digital era.

Mariah Robertson (b. 1975, Indianapolis, IN, USA) grew up in Sacramento, California, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

CREDITS | "New York Close Up" Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Cinematography: Clair Popkin. Additional Camera: Wesley Miller. Sound: Nicholas Lindner. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler & Maren Miller. Design: Open. Artwork: Mariah Robertson. Thanks: Matthew Dipple & Museum 52. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2011. All rights reserved.

"New York Close Up" is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by The 1896 Studios & Stages.

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