Friday, April 15, 2011
Mark Morrisroe panel at Artists Space
Mark Morrisroe: Photographic Process and Psychic Structure
Saturday, April 16, 7pm
38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, NYC
Within the constraints of the photographic medium, Mark Morrisroe explored a range of techniques and processes, from gum prints to Polaroid, 'sandwich' prints to photograms. His innovative approach often emphasized the material characteristics of photography – the chemical processes, the surface imperfections and the potential for the manipulation and augmentation of the negative and its image. Through methods of collage and layering, he sought to transform original and found photographic imagery into saturated neo-romantic fantasies, and abstract patterns of exposed bodies. In the words of writer Elisabeth Lebovici, Morrisroe "'cooked up' the tremble that often occurs between the body of the image and the body in the image: reddened, nude buttocks or a nipple with a scarified spider web find their extension and echo in the scratches, scrapes, and 'hand jobs' Morrisroe brings on in his images."
This symposium addresses the significance of Morrisroe’s experimentation with photographic processes, and the relationship formed between such materiality and the projection of selfhood and sexuality within his images. Equally the discussion will look to consider how such a practice impacts on our contemporary understanding of image production and dissemination.
The event will include presentations by David Joselit, Elisabeth Lebovici and Collier Schorr, followed by a discussion between the three participants.
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled,1981
© The Estate of Mark Morrisroe (Ringier Collection) at Fotomuseum Winterthur