Monthly Archives: June 2018

AMY ELKINS in “The Golden State” at the Carnegie Art Museum’s Studio Gallery – Opening Tomorrow


Image: AMY ELKINS (American, born 1979), from the “The Golden State” Project

Artist AMY ELKINS has a site-specific installation from The Golden State in the current group show at the Carnegie Art Museum’s Studio Gallery:
The Golden State
Site-Specific installation on display in the group exhibition:
The Oxnard Plain Collective 

Carnegie Art Museum’s Studio Gallery
June 7th to July 29th, 2018

The Golden State examines California’s death row, the largest death row population in the United States (currently at 746).  The body of work was created using state provided information and mugshots for the entire 746 predominantly male death row inmates, organized and compiled by last names with each layer treated identically over a golden colored canvas.  The more densely populated, the less of the original golden color remains.   The resulting composite portraits confront the undeniable racial makeup of California’s death row (where 66.75% are minorities*) as well as the inevitable loss of identity created by mass incarceration.  This is a small selection of the twenty-six pieces that were created.
What the Critics are saying about Amy Elkins:

“As viewers, we are invited to puzzle over an assortment of clues, including reenactments, exhibits submitted for our considerations, partial evidence, and statements both leading and misleading. The work is elegiac and provocative, asking the viewer to engage above and beyond a simple, cursory viewing of these images.” – Leslie A. Martin, Aperture Foundation

“The degree of isolation her subjects experience is extreme. Of the prisoners that she has written to over the past several years, most have spent over a decade in a solitary 6 x 9 cell. Letters speak of a life where the memories of loss are equaled only by the seemingly endless time before them, unless their sentence is carried out. Elkins lost one of her pen pals in 2009 and another in 2012, whose final appeal was denied by the Supreme Court mere months before his execution. Much like the author Truman Capote’s complex experience in losing the primary source of his artwork when Perry Smith was executed while writing In Cold Blood, Elkins likely cannot help but be affected by the unique dynamic of these relationships to her subjects. Her work seems to reflect her own loss in the mix of theirs.” – Bill Sullivan, American photographer and painter

“Photographer Amy Elkins offers an unflinching contemplation of capital punishment and identity in a culture of mass incarceration.” – Mass Appeal

“Elkins ponders the psychological impact incarceration has on inmates, using blurry and pixelated photos to imagine how life on the inside shapes and distorts an inmates’ perception of reality and awareness.– WIRED Magazine

“Rather than a documentary angle, Elkins has chosen artifacts and scenes that reveal both the preponderance of time on death row (enough time to become a poet, learn calligraphy, read voraciously) and it’s corrosive qualities as it ineffably moves these prisoners toward the end. It’s a tough project, but one that reveals Elkins’ profound sensitivity to the shades of gray in this potentially black-and-white issue.” – Arts and Culture, TX

“Elkins’ imagery of the darkness in the lives and deaths of these men may be morose, but optimism is intrinsic to her determination to see the world from their perspective.” – Artillery Magazine

Check out her Exclusive Online Exhibition on ARTSY for more more images and information on this award-winning Series of works at:

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Show of the Month: Joseph Rossano “Conservation From Here”

Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to announce the opening of a new touring exhibition by artist JOSEPH ROSSANO on view now.

Photography and Media

Digital Photographs

JOSEPH ROSSANO/ North Room: Cougar Engraving Painting (2018) / 50”H x 94”W x 5.75”D / Media – Presidential Ash, Whitewash, and Douglas Fir


Conservation From Here” features the work of Joseph Rossano in an exhibition synthesizing art and science. It remarks on historic moments in conservation in the United States and lights the way for the future conservation of all species, including our own. This exhibition is on view concurrently as an ARTSY Online Exclusive and at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY.




JOSEPH ROSSANO / North Room: Black Bear Engraving Painting (2018) / 50”H x 94”W x 5.75”D / Media – Presidential Ash, Whitewash, and Douglas Fir


“The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, October 4, 1907

“CONSERVATION FROM HERE” originates at the home of the conservation movement’s most historically recognized champion, Theodore Roosevelt. Through the visual and emotional enticement of art, and supported by ongoing programs and curricula, the exhibit leads viewers to the understanding that conservation begins, for each and every one of us, wherever “here” might be … a moment in time, a longstanding or newly formed perspective, a physical place we inhabit or otherwise hold dear. This multimedia exhibit originates at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home of Theodore Roosevelt, and examines a more than 100 year-old promise of conservation, inspiring a new generation to revere and conserve animals and their habitats.

Photography and Media

JOSEPH ROSSANO/ North Room: Doe Deer Engraving Painting (2018) / 50”H x 88”W x 5.75”D / Media – Presidential Ash, Whitewash, and Douglas Fir

JOSEPH ROSSANO’s work uses the spectacle of art to disarm an audience, opening that audience to truths about man and nature. On the surface, it appears as though he is manufacturing representational art; the hidden reality is quite different. Rossano has made butterflies from fighter aircrafts; used whitewash and tar to tell a story of human behavior refusing to disappear; and employed 800-year-old trees as a historic reference to modern humanity. 

Through the use of contextually significant materials, the artist’s work relates an environmental truth hidden in plain sight. Engaging in intensively researched life science theory, Rossano curates a narrative of his own manufacture, which exposes the viewer to that hidden truth and the theory it supports. Through a mutual desire to protect the natural world, he enlists prominent life scientists to, together, lead viewers to poignant, of the moment theories, represented in three dimensions.

Photography and Media

Digital Photographs

JOSEPH ROSSANO/ Conservation From Here (2017-2018) / Installation View at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY 

Until a recent shift in scale, the vast majority of what he made reflected personal toil, crafted, conceived and researched by his hand and mind alone. No longer pursuing intimate works, Rossano now continues in the same vein with large-scale installations in the homes of U.S. President’s, and more, exposing ever larger audiences to the conceptual matrix surrounding his work and our world. These new works are created in association with other artists, corporations, and individuals, all willing to donate their time and materials to the causes Rossano addresses and messages they deliver – a model of community collaborating for a cause. 

The scientist, the environmentalist, and the conservationist constantly face the challenge of convincing an audience to care about their work, cause, etc. Although artists face the same challenges, more often than not, it is an ego driven exercise. Rossano have chosen to make makes things regardless of profit, that are about something bigger than ourselves, , about individuals and creatures—whether they be human or other—that need our help. 

Photography and Media

JOSEPH ROSSANO/ Conservation From Here (2017-2018) / Installation View at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and Oyster Bay Historical Society, “Conservation From Here”, Oyster Bay, NY

Joseph Rossano, born to clinicians and research scientists, graduated from Louisiana State University as an artist. His path joined him, via mentorship, collaboration, and exhibition, with renowned artists and institutions including Dale Chihuly, Judy Pfaff, The Pilchuck Glass School, Waterford Crystal, Museum of Glass, and the South Australia Museum.

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AMY ELKINS “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” featured at the Athens Photo Festival


Four Years out of a Death Row Sentence (Forest), 2009-2016
Archival Pigment Print
20×30 (edition of 5), 30×45 (edition of 5) and 40×60 (edition of 5)
Collection of the High Musuem of Art, Atlanta, GA.


Mark Moore Fine Art is proud to announce:
Black is the Day, Black is the Night
Featured as one of the main exhibitions in the Athens Photo Festival
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

June 6th to July 29th, 2018

In “Black is the Day, Black is the Night”, a project that spanned seven years from 2009-2016, Amy Elkins explores how the notion of passing time can affect an individual’s psychology, sense of self, and perception of reality.

Check out her Exclusive Online Exhibition on ARTSY for more more images and information on this award-winning Series of works at:

#markmoorefineart #amyelkins #athensphotofestival #bitdbitn