Paul Rodgers/9W is pleased to announce, Site Inscription, featuring the recent artworks of five former Bard College
students. The artists: David Bush, Tim Davis, Ahndraya Parlato, Paul
Salveson, and Stephen Sollins, range from emerging to mid-career, and
all studied with pioneering color photographer Stephen Shore over the course of his 25 years teaching at Bard.
The works in the exhibition consciously engage the simultaneous exchange that occurs when photographing. Each
artist’s practice resonates to varying degrees with the idea posited by
photography scholar Peter Osborne, that “Photography, too, marks our
presence in a place, or rather, has the place mark its presence in our
images” Osborne further remarks, “how the traveler’s look is also a
form of writing, an inscribing of the self on the world, the utterance
of a desire to absorb it by visual possession and at the same time to
saturate it with consciousness and fill the ontological void between
the self and the world.”
Site Inscription includes images from David Bush’s Surface series, abstract photographs that allude to mark making and writing; photographs from Tim Davis’s Retail and Permanent Collection
series that explore the ability of reflected light to illuminate
inscriptions and erasures respectively; the precise, surreal and often
humorous constructed photographs of Ahndraya Parlato and Paul Salveson;
and drawings from Stephen Sollins’s Static series in which newspaper TV schedules are systematically obscured using Whiteout.
Site Inscription is curated by: Terri C. Smith with Lauren Benanti and Daniel Byers, graduate students at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies, in partnership with the Bard College Photography Department, Director Stephen Shore.