University of Southern Maine Distinguished Professor of Art Rose Marasco will present a talk on her current research project, “New Work: New York,” from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, April 25. She will discuss her research methodology accompanied by slides of the work she produced for the project. Her illustrated lecture will take place in room 423 of the Glickman Family Library, Portland. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Marasco received the 2nd annual University of Southern Maine Provost’s Research Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. The fellowship allowed Marasco to continue her latest photography project, using a pinhole camera and 4x5 color film that is printed digitally to capture the architecture, complexity, and urban environment of Manhattan. Her prints will be exhibited both locally in Portland and in Manhattan.
The project began in 2010 with photographing New York City landmarks, such as Times Square and Wall Street. The nature of the pinhole camera and the long exposures it requires give the photographs a unique and enduring quality — these photographs are not about the specificity of a single fraction of a second that we are used to seeing in photography. Marasco is also clearly interested in having the viewer know that these photographs were taken recently. She has been careful to include signage and activities, for example, images made at the Occupy Wall Street encampment, which set the photographs in the present. Her photographs reflect on what being in the most populous city in the United States feels like.
In the words of Distinguished Professor Marasco, “I like the advantages of using both low and high tech materials. I believe that contemporary photographers are at an amazing place to take advantage of the range of image making devices and materials we have at our disposal.”
The lecture will also include work from several of Marasco’s previous projects, including the “Domestic Objects” and “Projections” series, and will set this current project within the framework of her interests and commitment as a visual artist.
For more information, see USM Research.