SHOW ROOM presents...
Maryse Alberti: The Pool Series

September 14 - October 20, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, September 14, 7 - 10 PM

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SHOW ROOM invites you to the opening of Maryse Alberti’s The Pool Series, the first exhibition at the gallery’s new venue, opening in partnership with Gowanus Hospitality.

An acclaimed cinematographer who has worked on such films as The Wrestler, Taxi to the Dark Side, and Velvet Goldmine, Alberti has long-established herself in cinema. In the last few years she has collaborated with artist Pierre Huygue and Laurie Anderson, and here she presents a brand new series of work.

Alberti  photographs of immersed bathers inThe Pool Series discloses a hidden world. As a suite of images captured by the camera’s drag, these moments exist outside of human perception. In waiting for the camera shutter to open and close, Alberti writes, “I cannot see what I am photographing; I can only anticipate what the next fragment of time might look like…I do not build an artistic vision, but rather an artistic anticipation.”

Armed with only knowledge of what could be and the resultant thrill of discovery, in this sense shooting blind, Alberti lets the pictures show what might live in a world that takes place before our eyes yet remains perenially invisible. The outcome, this suite of abstract photographs, presents a lush, moody alternate world that is suggestive of European paintings—hinting alternately at the likes of Goya, Delacroix, Rembrandt.

Maryse Alberti has most recently completed a succession of lauded political documentaries, including Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, nominated for an Academy Award; Taxi to the Dark Side, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary; and We Steal Secrets: Wikileaks, all directed by Alex Gibney.

She won two Sundance cinematography awards for H-2 Worker and Crumb. Her wide- ranging body of work includes collaborating with Todd Haynes on Poison and Velvet Goldmine, for which she won an Independent Spirit award for Best Cinematography and with Todd Solondz on his hard-hitting drama Happiness. She won her second Spirit award for the critically lauded movie The Wrestler, directed by Darren Aronofsky.

Born and raised in the south of France, Alberti lives in New York with her son.

SHOW ROOM is a contemporary gallery presenting exhibitions of mid-career and emerging artists. Founded on Suffolk St. in the Lower East Side in 2011, the gallery enters its third year in at 460 Union St., in Brooklyn, next to the Gowanus canal.