Artist Profile: Barbara Rosenthal
Most of my work is camera-based. It usually begins in 35mm or video, and then, at the highest quality possible, is often digitally distorted and sometimes composited with performance-text elements, in black-and-white and color, sometimes mixed. All, therefore, fall within the genre Photography, and sometimes are considered Prints, Conceptual Photography, Media Art or New Media. All works are produced in artist’s proofs and multiples or archival editions of 3, 6, or 12. Sometimes these are hung in “print installations” as well as on normal gallery walls or presented in print-portfolio, or published book or DVD form. Sometimes the image is recombined in other works, years later.
Each of the seven here from this series, “Conceptual Photography 2011″, was shot in 35mm in Finland, Puerto Rico, Paris, Prague, Indiana or Pennsylvania, 2006-11. Then the negative was scanned and the image recomposed. My motivations arise from surreal consideration of everyday encounters; all have an implied narrative, take place in otherworldly space, and create strong relationships between each other pictorially and psychologically. They are currently in an ongoing installation at eMediaLoft Projects in the Meatpacking District (NYC), as both prints and projections, which can be seen by appointment (1-646-541-4772).
Some of my prints and books are represented in New York, on a non-exclusive basis, by Central Booking (gallerist: Maddy Rosenberg, Brooklyn), in Berlin by Galerie Glass, in Montreal by Visual Voice, and internationally by Vamp & Tramp. Other New York gallerists who have represented my 35mm pictorial and conceptual photography, but who have since died or closed, have been Monique Goldstrom (SoHo), Dooley LeCappellaine (SoHo), and Carlo Lamagna (SoHo and 57th St.).
Influences for my work include some of philosophy, some of imagery, some of mood, some of technique: Robert Pincus-Witten, Duane Michals, Arthur Tress, Oscar Wilde, Thomas Mann, Joyce Carol Oates, Vincent Van Gogh, Meret Oppenheim, Mark Rothko, The Brothers Grimm.
I taught Photography for 12 years at Parsons School of Design, and writing for 22 at The City University of New York/College of Staten Island. My work is in the collections of MoMA, The Jewish Museum (NY and Berlin), The Whitney, The Tate, etc. Currently, my artist’s book “Five Feathers, True Story”, is being shown (Jan-April) at Proteus Gowanus Gallery in Brooklyn, and in February, my new video ““Toil of Three Cities / Liebesmüh” will be screened in Berlin.