Em Rooney considers still photography to be something conceptually time-based. The subject of her work often represents a complex relationship to the functions of contemporary photography and moving images, referencing the photograph’s ability to collect and obscure conceptions of unmediated or “real” life. Her specific materials, choices, and methods combine to work against the ubiquity of the photograph through their dedicational and allegorical qualities.
Em Rooney (b. 1983, US) lives and works in New York City. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include ‘The Word for Forest’, Bodega, New York, NY; ‘After the Sun’, The Vanity Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (with Chris Domenick); ‘Infinite Iotic’, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; and ‘Em Rooney and Dana Hoey’, Raising Cattle, Montreal, Canada. Select group exhibitions include ‘Being: New Photography’, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; ‘How Well Do You Behave? In the Flat Field.’, curated by Jo-ey Tang, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio (with Chris Domenick); ‘redirecting’, Simone Subal, New York, NY; and ‘Rubbings’, Skibum Macarthur, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and Artnews. She has written for Art Papers, Performa Magazine, and Ecocore.