Sunday, March 28, 2010

Rose Marasco Artist Statement, Titles, Bio, and CV

Rose Marasco Photo Collages/Photomontages, 1981

In 1981, I was living on Pine Street in Portland (having moved here in 1979) about a block away from my current home. Then, everything was new to my eyes and by extension, my camera.

When I wasn’t teaching, I walked the streets photographing – first on the Western Prom, and then into the West End neighborhoods. I came home to my make shift darkroom and went to work. One night looking at 2 photos, (what became montage #1 Carleton Street), I remember thinking “they look like they would go together if I cut them.” I literally did just that, right then. I posted up on my studio wall, stared at it for a little bit, whoever came over checked it out, and within a few days I committed to making more. It was great fun. I didn’t plan, just shot intuitively. I made 2 sets of contact sheets (of these medium format negatives), cut one up and composed the pieces.

Here is what I wrote in 1982 when the work was exhibited at the Portland School of Art, Photo Gallery:

The perception of reality is more about what one brings to it than what is there. The making of photographs is more about what one takes from it than what is there.

What strikes me today and what is still of interest to me, is the notion of perception in a photography, and the way memory is linked and informs our perceptions. This, and what I call “ photo space ” have continued throughout my bodies of work and are very present in my current photographs.

For Seeing Portland: 1972-1984, I am exhibiting six of the twelve original one of a kind collages. Previously I exhibited the montages, though I have never had a favorite, and still do not. I am delighted to be included in this significant exhibition; and to bring this work back out into the dialogue, post-Photoshop.

Rose Marasco –Titles/Captions

1. Rose Marasco, Carleton Street House – Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

2. Rose Marasco, Western Promenade /Eastern Promenade – Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

3. Rose Marasco, 87 Pine Street (front)– Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

4. Rose Marasco, 87 Pine Street (rear )– Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

5. Rose Marasco,Pine Street Row Houses Backyard – Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

6. Rose Marasco, Carroll and Brackett Street – Photo College, unique print from the Photomontage series, 1981-82

ROSE MARASCO - Biography

Rose Marasco’s photographs have been exhibited in significant solo and group exhibitions, most notably– at The Sarah Morthland Gallery, NYC; The Davis Museum, Wellesley College; The Farnsworth Museum of Art; The Portland Museum of Art; Bowdoin College Museum of Art; and, Smith College Museum of Art .

Public collections include: The Fogg Museum; The Davis Museum at Wellesley College; New York Public Library; and, National Museum of American History. Marasco’s work has been reviewed in, the New Yorker, New York, and, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, Art New England, and numerous times in The Portland Phoenix, and Maine Sunday Telegram.

Marasco has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and a M.F.A. from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. Marasco has lectured at many institutions including Harvard University, Bates College, Colby College, Massachusetts College of Art, and Parsons School of Design. Marasco was awarded the 2005 Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography. She is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

ROSE MARASCO www.rosemarasco.com info@rosemarasco.com


selected: SOLO EXHIBITIONS

upcoming: 2010-11 Projections, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas

2010 New England Diary, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York

2008 The Invented Photograph, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

2004-05 Domestic Objects: Past and Presence, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine;

Southwest Harbor Public Library; University of Maine Museum of Art; University of Maine at Farmington

2003 Circles, Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York

2002 Open House: Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

2000 Leafing, Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York, New York

1998 New England Diary, Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York, New York

1995 Tender Buttons: Women’s Domestic Objects, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA

1992-93 Ritual and Community: The Maine Grange, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine; University of Maine

Presque Isle; University of Maine Farmington; University of Maine Machias: University of Southern Maine,

Gorham, Maine; University of Maine, Orono, Maine

1989 Perspectives: Religious Imagery, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine


selected: GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010 Seeing Portland: 1972-1984, Zero Station, Portland, Maine

2009 Photography In Maine, University of New England, Portland, Maine

2008 The New Recyclists, Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine

2006 The Way Life Is, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

2005 The Long View: Selections from the Norma B. Marin Collection, University of Maine Museum of Art

2003 Photographing Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

2002 Past- Present-Future, 50 Year Anniversary Exhibit, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

2001 Domestic Culture: Home in Visual Culture, Institute of Contemporary Art at MeCA, Portland, Maine

2000 Marasco & Underhill, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, New York

1999 Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

1998 Still Lifes / Prints & Photographs, Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York

1998 Memorable Histories And Historic Memories, Bowdoin College Museum, Brunswick, Maine

1993 Process and Product, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

1992 Polaroid Exhibition, Level 3 Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992 Exhibition of Photography, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

1989 Selections 4: Photokina ‘88, Polaroid International Exhibition, Cologne, Germany; Victoria and Albert

Museum, London, England: Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; Kunstalle-Hamburg, Germany;

the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela

selected: FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2005 Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award, Santa Fe Center for Photography

2001-02 Open House Grant, Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

1992 Exhibition of the Year, New England Historical Association, Worcester, Massachusetts

1990-92 Major Grant, Maine Humanities Council, Portland, Maine, for Ritual and Community:The Maine Grange

1990 Individual Artists Fellowship, Maine Arts Commission, Maine

1985 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire


selected: CRITICAL RESPONSE

Maine Home + Design magazine, Portland, Maine, featured photographer, August, 2008

Photo District News magazine, New York, NY, “ The Portfolio Review Diaries: The Reviewer’s

Reflections” by Debra Klomp Ching, highlighted photographer, July, 2008

Quest France, “An American Photographer at The University- Brest ” May 3, 2008

Art New England, featured artist/interview by Lauren Fensterstock, Dec./Jan., 2005-06

Maine Sunday Telegram, “Marasco’s Photos Speak to Intimacy”, review by Philip Isaacson, February 22, 2004

The Portland Phoenix, “ A Colored Place,” cover story, exhibition review, by Chris Thompson, February 6, 2004

Maine Sunday Telegram, “Photographer Evokes Complexity from Everyday,” by Bob Keyes, February 1, 2004

Undomesticated Interiors, essays by Aprile Gallant and Mimi Hellman, Smith College Museum of Art, 2003

Dear Print Fan: A Festschrift for Marjorie B. Cohn, essay by Deborah Martin Kao, Not Unordered: Rose

Marasco’s Tender Buttons, Harvard University Art Museums, 2001

New York Resident, “West Side Story”, exhibition review by Chris MacLeod, November 6, 2000

Antique and The Arts Weekly, “Leafing”, exhibition review, Nov. 3, 2000

New York magazine, March 2, 1998, text and photograph

The New Yorker, “Goings On About Town,” Feb. 23, 1998, extended text

The New York Times, exhibition review by Margarett Loke, February 20, 1998

The Village Voice, exhibition review by Vince Aletti, February 4 -10, 1998

The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, by Lucy R. Lippard, 1997

The New Press, New York, New York

The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Endpaper,” May 26,1995, text and image

The Boston Sunday Globe, Exhibition review by Christine Temin, May 14,1995

Views: The Journal of Photography in New England, “Ritual and Community”, Vol. 13-4/14-1, Winter 1993

Art New England, “Ritual and Community” review by Shirley Jacks, June/July 1992

Maine Sunday Telegram, “Ritual and Community,” by Greg Gadberry, March 1, 1992

Maine Times, “Ritual and Community,” review by Edgar Allen Beem, Vol. 24, No. 23, March 13, 1992

Maine Sunday Telegram, “Featured Artists: Maine’s Year in the Arts,” December 31, 1989

Maine Times, “Exhibitions of the Year,” by Edgar Allen Beem, Vol. 22, No. 11, Dec. 15, 1989

Art New England, “Perspectives,” review by William David Barry, June 1989


selected: PUBLIC LECTURES

2009 University of New England “Photography in Maine” exhibition Gallery talk, Portland, Maine

2008 The Invented Photograph, Gallery talk, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France

2008 École Supérieure d’Arts de Brest – ESAB Brest, France “The Photographs of Rose Marasco”

2005 Women in Photography: A Symposium, Portland Museum of Art

2004 Domestic Objects Symposium, in conjunction with exhibition, University of Southern Maine

Organized symposium with historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, poet Charles Simic, and art historian Kim Grant

2001 Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York, “Multiplicity and Simplicity”

2000 Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, Artists’ Gathering: Rose Marasco

1999 Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Light Conversations: Seminars with Contemporary Photographers

1999 Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, “Rose Marasco, Personal Work”

1998 Port Washington Public Library, Port Washington, New York, “Rose Marasco, Personal Work”

1997 Mytilene Photographic Society, Lesvos, Greece, “Rose Marasco, Personal Work”

1997 Parsons School of Design, New York, New York, “Rose Marasco, Personal Work”

1996 Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, Todd Webb, Photographer in Context: A Symposium

1995 SALT Conference on Documentary Photography, Portland Museum of Art, “Rose Marasco, Personal Work”

1995 Davis Museum and Cultural Center, “Tender Buttons: Women’s Domestic Objects”

1992 New England Museum Association and Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Albany, New York

Annual conference: Artists and the Community

1992 Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, Gallery talk, Ritual and Community

1989 Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, Gallery talk, Religious Imagery


selected: PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, Maine

Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Boston, Massachusetts

Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The New York Public Library Photography Collection, New York, New York

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission, Augusta, Maine

Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island

University of New England, Portland, Maine

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine

current position: PROFESSOR OF ART, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE


1 comment:

  1. Nice way to decorate your walls. I have never done that. My effort to beautify the walls in my house was to order big-sized canvas prints from wahooart.com, from images of western art. I use the same angel motifs in all of the rooms painted by different painters, such as this one by very interesting English artist Stanley Spencer, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT7K6.

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