Site Inscription

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Site Inscription

529 W. 20th St.
New York, NY 10011
June 7th, 2007 - July 21st, 2007

Tues - Sat, 11-6


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.