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Online Artist Talk: Rolls & Tubes Collective
Thursday, January 14, 2:00-3:00pm
$10 for non-members. Free for CPA members. Not a member? Join now >


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We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

The commodification of the everyday has become a running theme of the COVID-19 pandemic. Having made homebodies of us all, COVID-19 has created absurd rolling shortages of flour, hair dye, coins, and toilet paper. This was the genesis of the ongoing work by the Rolls & Tubes Collective. In this work, the canon of photographic history has been reinterpreted, employing toilet paper as the primary compositional device.

Finding levity in the unprecedented sorrow brought about by the pandemic was an exceptional gift for these women. Taken as a whole, the work presents a timely questioning of omissions in the history of photography. The work is broad and offers multiple modalities for recontextualizing photographic images, from quotation to paraphrase; from homage to good roasting. The work is reflective of right now, not just in the repurposing of this everyday commodity, but in utilizing visual history to examine the contemporary moment.

Expect a humor-filled afternoon in which the artists interview each other about their impulses in this project, discuss breaking free creatively in lockdown, and what is next.

Rolls & Tubes is comprised of four women photographers from California; Christy McDonald, Colleen Mullins, Jenny Sampson, and Nicole White.


Working in a documentary style, Christy McDonald is a Berkeley-based photographer who uses photography as a way seeing the beauty in the people, places and things often thought of as misunderstood or ignored. With ongoing projects in the California Central Valley and the Middle East, Christy travels and pretty much anywhere, anytime whenever possible, seeking to change the way people view the many parts of the world she discovers.

Image: Christy McDonald, Photo Noir et Blanc, 2020 / after Man Ray, Noir et Blanche, 1926


Colleen Mullins is a San Francisco based photographer and book artist. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, and an MFA from the University of Minnesota. Her work is concerned with incongruous storytelling, ranging from environmentally-concerned urban forest management in disaster to the monument removal movement. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including four Minnesota State Arts Board and two McKnight Fellowships. Her work is in the collections of Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, and the United States Embassy, Moscow among others. Mullins’ work has been seen in various periodicals, including The New York Times Lens, PDN, The Oxford American Eyes on the South, Black & White Magazine, and Monthly Photo, to name a few. Mullins has been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Penland School of Craft Winter Residency, and In Cahoots Residency. She was recently nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, for her project Expositions are the Timekeepers of Progress, and has been exhibited extensively in the United States. Her work examining gentrification in San Francisco, The Bone of Her Nose, will be shown in a solo exhibition at The Griffin Museum in Boston in July.

Image: Colleen Mullins, Chartum purgamentum init carota, 2020 / after Anna Atkins, Alaria esculenta, 1848–49


Jenny Sampson is a Berkeley-based photographer and received a B.A. in Psychobiology in 1991 at Pitzer College. She dedicates her time to her photographic endeavors: wet plate collodion and traditional black and white photography. She has exhibited her work in the United States, United Kingdom and has been published in Zyzzyva, Analog Forever Magazine, BBC, GirlTalkHQ, Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word, The Hand, SHOTS Magazine, All About Photography Magazine, Lenscratch, The Guardian, The Eye of Photography, Cheese Konbini, Bust, Huck, PDN, Metal magazine and Visual Communications Quarterly. Her work is included in the Candela Collection and other private collections. A monograph of her Skater tintype portraits was published in 2017 by Daylight Books and her follow-up series, Skater Girls in September 2020 for which Jenny was awarded the Book of the Month from Leica Fotographie International.

Image: Jenny Sampson, Toilet Paper Camellia Not in Water, 2020 / after Consuelo Kanaga, Camellia in Water, 1927-1928


Nicole White is a Bay Area artist and curator. White uses historical and contemporary photographic processes to examine the medium’s varied functionality while looking at the American cultural landscape. She holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art (2002), a MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut (2010) and a MFA in Studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012). Recent exhibitions include: Beacon, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH (2020), An Object of Their Own, Perspectives Gallery, MIAD, Milwaukee, WI (2020), and Interior Life, Filter Space, Chicago, IL (2020). She is a Professor of Art (Photography) at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Image: Nicole White, Shelter-in-Place Official Portrait, 2020 / after Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione, 1863/66

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