Musée d’art de Joliette: 19,800 seconds is one of a series of photographs from the ‘Dark Rooms’ project. For this series, photographs are executed in completely dark art storage areas, utilizing only trace amounts of light that leaks into locations where objects are stored (an ‘exit’ sign located two rooms away in this case). The project relies on extremely long exposure times—up to weeks in length—to produce images that are documentations of space and records of the passage of time.
David K. Ross was born in 1966 in Weston, Canada. He currently lives and works in Montreal. Ross holds a masters of architecture from the University of Toronto (2003). In 2002 he was a Research Fellow in the Museum Studies programme at the University of Manchester (UK). Ross’s photographic works and architecturally based installation projects approach storage as a form of dynamic repose and image making as an accumulative process. His projects examine the ineffable, psychological, and practical implications of the overlooked and underused spaces of transition and utility.
Recently his work has been featured in the journals Esse (Spring 2009), Art Review (September 2008), Locus Suspectus (July 2007), and two Alphabet City/MIT Press publications, Trash (2006) and Food (2007). Ross’ work was featured in the first Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2008 and in “Voir/Noir” at the Musée d’art de Joliette in 2007. 2009 marks the third year of inclusion (along with collaborators Claire Ironside and Angela Iarocci) in the International Garden Festival at the Jardins de Métis with the project Pommes de parterre. In 2010 the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will be presenting a solo exhibition of recent photographic works. Ross’ drawings and photographs are included in a number of private and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.