Time as Landscape: Inquiries of Art and Science

October 21, 2017


Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College
Winter Park, FL

September 29 – December 31, 2017

The work I was invited to produce for this exhibition consists of a single, digitized cyanotype mounted to aluminum. Part of a new and ongoing project, Conditions For an Unfinished Work of Mourning: Beauty As An Appeal to Join the Majority of Those Who Are Dead, this exhibition will serve as one of two venues for its initial display. The museum’s press release describes this exhibition as having been inspired by the practice of selected artists “who desire to understand, question and describe the subject of time: as scientific fact, as relative experience, as aesthetic archive.” The checklist includes artists: Darren Almond, Lucas Arruda, Rosa Barba, Luis Camnitzer, Julia Dault, Tacita Dean, Noah Doely, Spencer Finch, Camille Henrot, On Kawara, Tom LaDuke, Julie Mehretu, Trevor Paglen, Howardena Pindell, Thiago Rocha Pitta, Dawn Roe, Tomás Saraceno, Xaviera Simmons, Sarah Sze, Sara VanDerBeek, and Lawrence Weiner. A full color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and will be available from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum giftshop.

An excerpt of the catalogue text describing my contribution follows:

During a summer 2017 residency in Spain, near the border of France, Roe worked outside each day, exploring the natural terrain, its rocks, shadows, and natural vegetation. Like the groundbreaking artist Nancy Holt, who produced her own distinctive response to light and topography, Roe cultivates a personal relationship with nature—a bond that is dedicated, ongoing, and often tied to mourning [..]. In Catalonia, Roe further linked to the historical past and to memorials, the physical area covered by the artist encompasses the forests near the footpath where philosopher Walter Benjamin traveled before his suicide in Portbou. Roe resuscitates the past and sheds light on lesser known histories, specifically here, the role of a women in the creation of cyanotypes, a critical process to the development of photography’s history and recognition as an art form. Anna Atkins published British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in 1843. A groundbreaking accomplishment by the British botanist, British Algae included more than 400 cyanotypes and became the first publication to solely illustrated by photography.

– Dr. Amy Galpin, Cornell Fine Arts Museum Curator

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