Marisa Culatto

Studio address:  J/A, Acme Studios, 15 Orsman Road, N1 5RA
Opening Hours: Saturday 8th November: 12pm-6pm / Sunday 9th November: 12pm-3pm
Artist talk: Saturday 8th November at her studio at 3.30pm in conversation with Atsuhide Ito and Sunday 9th November at Hanmi Gallery at 4pm in conversation with Roland Fischer chaired by Michael Petry

About the artist
Marissa Culatto works exclusively with digital photography, but her interest lies in pushing – blurring – the boundaries of photography into the language and practice usually associated with other mediums.

Structural constraints are crucial in her practice. Constraints give her a defined framework, and thus she deliberately works only with what she have immediately at hand. Domesticity and daily rituals are at the centre of her practice.

She is interested in the notion of reality being a construct, given the consistent individual differences in perception which depend on each person’s sociocultural baggage and personal filters. Much of her work therefore addresses contradictions, misperceptions and/or a degree of visual ambiguity allowing for the viewer’s reinterpretation.

For the Open Studios Weekend Marissa Culatto will open her studio to show and discuss her most recent projects such as ”Men in White Shirts”, ”Loss” and ”Twins”.

Atsuhide Ito is an artist and writer based in London.  His publications include “The Uto-Pianist” in Seisempolite, 2013 and “The Promise of Painting: Spectres of the Baroque in Contemporary Painting” in The Journal of Visual Art Practice, 2013. Ito is currently Senior Lecturer at BA Fine Art, Southampton Solent University and is Associate Lecturer at Foundation Fine Art, Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts London.

Roland Fischer’s work occupies an important position in the art of the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries.  He was the first to project the art of portrait photography into a monumental format from 1980 onward— and thus invest it with a new pictoriality.  His subjects are humanity and the places where it exists.

Michael Petry London based American artist, author and curator. He is Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) London, and Guest Curator for Futurecity. Petry’s book, The Art of Not Making: The New Artist Artisan Relationship for Thames & Hudson was published in hardback in 2011 (paperback, 2012). His recent one man show The Touch of the Oracle at the Palm SpringsArt Museum (2012) was accompanied by a ten year career review book distributed by Thames & Hudson. His new book Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists reinvigorate the Still-Life tradition, was published in 4 hard back editions, Thames & Hudson (UK/American), Hirmer (German) and Ludion (Dutch). Petry will be giving talks on the book in 2014/15.