August 31 – October 4, 2018
Roll Up Project is pleased to present two installations by Marissa Geoffroy.
Marissa Geoffroy’s installations and photographs explore the relationship between light and shadow. Geoffroy creates stencils based on architectural photographs and projects light through them. The resulting shadows are abstract, geometric patterns that twist, skew, and overlap. Geoffroy’s photographs capture the many variations of gray between the brightest light and the deepest shadow. Moving back and forth from 2-D to 3-D, she continually flattens and re-animates shapes in an effort to distill and transform spaces that were once familiar to her. The resulting artworks may yield recognizable details, like front steps or doorways, while others are purely abstract and angular compositions reminiscent of Piet Mondrian or Russian Constructivists like El Lissitzky and Kasimir Malevich.
Two artworks fill the main window on Harrison Street: 63 Girard Ave III, 2018 and 159 W 87th St IV, 2018. These photographs are printed on organza and mounted from the ceiling. Each image is printed onto two sheer organza panels, allowing the image to float. The resulting works create buildings within a building, and prompt reflection on the many architectural styles that appear within our neighborhood, our city, and our country. Here, the shadows take center stage. When the viewer walks past the window, the images appear to shift and move like holograms.
In the windows on Third Street, Geoffroy’s installation entitled UWS, Day and Night, 2018 incorporates photographs on organza into a light installation. At night, the combination creates an effect like a double-exposure, presenting two layers of imagery. We encourage you to visit at night to see these works glowing in the windows.
Marissa Geoffroy is a painter and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received an MFA in Fine Art from California College of the Arts in 2017. Her work has been exhibited at Root Division, San Francisco, CA; The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; and Virago Gallery, Seattle, WA, among others. She is a founding member of Borderline Collective, a studio and exhibition space in San Francisco that aims to support local artists and provide a venue for discourse.
Learn more about her work here.