Alyssa Gorelick

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What is my work about?

I spill, brush and drop ink directly from printer cartridges onto photo paper. Pools of cyan magenta and yellow engulf and wash over photos of stones, feathers, plastic mesh and other cast off materials that the tide might bring in. Using printer inks —products of photographic technology—as a medium, my work explores photography’s attempt to stabilize images amidst the persistent nature of materials to dissolve into abstraction.


Artist Statement

I see digital photographs as fluid, abstract and unstable images rather than fixed records. A photo printed through an inkjet printer exists as ink on paper and in that sense is closer to painting than a photograph exposed from film onto paper. My direct handling of the printer inks replaces the mechanical function and disrupts the rote act of translating digital information line by line. I reassign the steady and delicate traces of a printer’s precise mechanical behavior, replacing its determined action with my own fluid curiosity about color, form and space as expressed on a flat plane. Combining copious quantities of inkjet printer ink with photographic content, I let the two modes of image-making interact on the photo paper’s surface. Bursts of deep color absorb and densely saturate the slick glossy sheets. An intensity of color is produced that a printer alone could never achieve. Representational imagery as seen through the camera’s lens grounds a viewer in real space, and unpredictable abstractions occur as photographic inks combine and unify with representations of familiar materials. Ink and paper designed to make photographs are conceptual materials for me—future artifacts—and at the same time variations of age old materials for written and visual expression.



2006 MFA California Institute of the Arts, Photography and Media, Valencia, CA

2001 BA Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Selected Exhibitions

Underdonk & Friends, Brooklyn, NY
Line of Sight, Gallery MC, NYC

LaLa, Bermuda, Milwakee, NM
The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington St., NYC
In Passing, The Living Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Mandala: Locus of Thought, Tibet House, NYC
New Threads, Lamar Dodd University, Athens, GA

Campfire Launch: Because Nothing Ever Ends, White Columns, NYC
Collide, Harbor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
We Speak Easy, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
What Happens When You Start To Look, Artadia, Brooklyn, NY

Regina Rex Part I, Eli Ping, New York, NY
Lifestyle Objects, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY

Rich-oo-u’hl, Rich-oo-u’hl, Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Chain Letter Exhibiton 3, Samsøn, Boston, MA

Tussie-Mussie, The Silvershed, New York, NY
Forté: Issue 4, Recess Art, New York, NY
Slab in Temporary Space, Slab Projects, Houston, TX

Evening of Various Wonders, 2905 Elm Street, LA, CA
July Issue, Material, Los Angeles, CA
Session_7_Words, Am Nuden Da , London, UK

I am I a Killer, Sam Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
As if This Land Were Yours, Eveningside, Val Verde, CA

Natural Geographic, Norma Desmond Productions, LA, CA
After the Afterlife, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Locale, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Photodisruption, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Supersonic, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
Behind a Blind, (solo) CalArts, Valencia, CA

The Afterlife, Kuntur Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Delicacy, (solo) CalArts, Valencia, CA

2010-present Co-founder of artist run gallery, Regina Rex, NYC

Butler, Sharon, “A Selection from Bushwick Open Studios, 2015,” Two Coats of Paint, June 11, 2015
Grider, Nicholas, “Interview/Alyssa Gorelick,” i heart photograph, February 6, 2008

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation scholarship, CalArts, 2005, 2006