May 18, 2019

Tumbleweeds: stick_#202

acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:58 AM

May 03, 2019

From The Palette of Awe at Adjacent To Life


Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents From the Palette of Awe: Collages by Daniel De Raey.

Daniel De Raey’s ongoing series, The Spanish Papers finds its originating moment when the artist was unexpectedly delivered to the Romanesque galleries of the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya. In the presence of Medieval masterpieces drawn from chapels throughout the Catalonian countyside he became rapt. It wasn’t the religious intent, formal composition or representational sophistication that held his fascination, rather it was the details – small passages and chips of paint, minute confluences of color and texture. He spent an afternoon fully absorbed, taking hundreds of photos of such details.

It was an event that had no precedent in De Raey’s experience and one that would not be repeated until years later when he finally revisited the images from that singular afternoon and began to make collages from the resultant prints.

As he constructed the collages he was astonished to realize it was impossible to make a mistake in terms of color composition. Color-wise any component from any photograph could compellingly co-exist with any other. Again he was rapt.

This prompts the tantalizing question: What is the through-line connecting the Romanesque artists, De Raey’s transfixed afternoon in Barcelona, and the present collages?

After long contemplation the artist concluded that it is the experience of awe. Because De Raey wasn’t invested in the cultural content or stylistic intent of the art objects - but instead focused on the hand of its makers and the wear of the world upon the works - he tapped into the unfiltered earnest reveries of the original craftspeople. Thereby unwittingly verifying that awe is tangible and transmittable across the centuries.

A long time resident of the East Village, Daniel De Raey is a photographer, mixed media collage artist and an active member of The Art Students League of New York,. A work from The Spanish Papers was awarded best in show at the League's 2018 Concours show. Another work from the series earned the artist a 2018 merit scholarship at the League.

From the Palette of Awe runs through June 7 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City).

Posted by Mark Roth at 11:11 AM

May 01, 2019

March and April's Acrylic Palettes

Posted by Mark Roth at 11:36 AM

April 29, 2019

Tumbleweeds: sidling_#201

acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:29 PM

April 26, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: grandmother_#334

Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:04 AM

April 18, 2019

Tumbleweeds: echoed_#199

acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:09 AM

April 14, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: burying_#333

Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:03 PM

April 11, 2019

Tumbleweeds: hollybush_#198

acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:00 AM

March 30, 2019

Fractal Flâneuse at Adjacent To Life


Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Fractal Flâneuse by Lauren Kushnick.

She states:

“Buildings say so much about ourselves. I love walking through cities and unearthing people’s stories through the textures and layers of life etched on a faded facade. My process begins with a long meandering walk in search of interesting moments where color, pattern and chance combine. Once found, I enjoy manipulating each image to fold space upon itself until the essence of the place is emphasized. The moment when a hard surface becomes malleable is truly satisfying.
“In this collection I have tried to strike a balance between recognizable environments and fractal-like abstractions of urban life. As a native New Yorker, most of these images are drawn from my walks around NYC, but I have included a few works from further afield. No matter where you are from or where you live, I hope these images help you to find balance in the chaos, embrace the random, and encourage you to take a good long walk.”

Fractal Flâneuse runs through May 3 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). Artist Reception: Thursday, April 11, 6:00-8:00pm.

Posted by Mark Roth at 01:15 AM

March 16, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: pencils_#332

Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 06:55 PM

March 05, 2019

Capturing The Aura of the Already Said at Zygote Press


Thrilled to be presenting some Blobsquatch paintings at Cleveland's Zygote Press in a lovely, substantive group show with three of my favorite artists and colleagues: Deborah Carruthers, Gabriel Deerman and Margaret Hart - who also curated the exhibit. There will be a reception and artist's talk on Friday March 8, 6:00 - 8:00pm. It runs through April 26.

From the gallery statement:

Capturing the Aura of the Already Said

This exhibition brings together the work of four artists all working with issues of replication and regeneration in a multifaceted approach to both process and content. By applying techniques of printmaking, collage, photomontage and painting each artist boldly engages the social issues of contemporary life through artworks of rich, multi-layered intention in their imagery and installation.
Carruthers, Deerman and Roth address in their work the entangled and sprawling problems which have been unleashed on the planet in the time of the Anthropocene, while the work of Hart speaks to the precariousness and complexities of identity in this posthuman era. These contemporary terms of Anthropocene and Posthumanism are entwined through social, theoretical and lived experiences. This group of artists bring these issues to the forefront in their work. In a strong visual and contextual conversation these artists discuss the sustainable and the fleeting through replication and regeneration informed by their individual research into contemporary philosophy, ecological theory, and identity politics.

The text for my component of the show:

Mark Roth’s paintings find inspiration in the cryptozoological artifact of blobsquatches – a blobsquatch being the indeterminate blob in a photograph that a keen-eyed observer ascertains is a visual capture of Sasquatch. Generally they take the form of forest views with a circle drawing one’s attention to the purported creature. Roth contends the resilience of Bigfoot speaks to the persistent yearning to see primeval nature staring back at us in a form analogous to our own. In a blobsquatch the circling line is the essential component for it represents the culmination of careful scrutiny and an urgency to share the benefits of passionate looking. In these works the artist has made it his quest to locate evidence of Sasquatch in the paintings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The encircling line repeats so that the composition assumes a target shape, utilizing the notion that the bullseye represents an apogee of yearning – in this case to strike a connection with primordial painters in the wilderness of art and its making.
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:48 AM

March 01, 2019

January and February's Acrylic Palettes

Posted by Mark Roth at 11:56 PM

February 28, 2019

Tumbleweeds: fox_#197

acrylic on magazine page, 11” x 14”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:07 AM

February 25, 2019

Order of Things at Adjacent To Life


Tinsquo’s curatorial project, Adjacent To Life, presents Order of Things paintings by Johanna Okovic Goodman.

The encaustic paintings of Johanna Okovic Goodman’s Order of Things series represent a concluding synthesis of the fascinations and concerns of her long career. Compelled by the essential nature of human touch, she arrived at the wax medium for its capacity to memorialize the transience of touch by retaining the mark of its maker.

For Okovic Goodman, this abiding advocacy of the primacy of touch extends to the magnificence of the natural world and its inhabitants. In this formulation our respective life experiences might be thought of as having been molded by the touch of the world.

An inveterate traveler, Johanna threw herself into the world as a means to tutor her senses – often seeking vast, open landscapes. A formative instance was her tenure living with the Zayanes, a Berber population living in Morocco. There she learned that art is a way of life and came to feel at home with their architectural forms and the desert expanse.

A unification of open space and architectural forms situated in a manner that creates a language that “speaks to the essence of touch” defines the Order of Things series.

Johanna Okovic Goodman passed away in 2017. Born in Pittsburg, she eventually relocated to the desert of the American Southwest. She attended The Carnegie Institute of Art and received a BFA from Moore College of Art. Her greatest acclaim came through her sculpture, most notably her signature chairs which were created in the form of famous people. This culminated in a commission from the Tyson Foods family for a chair sculpture of President Bill Clinton that currently resides in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Order of Things runs through March 29 and is on view at the Adjacent to Life pop-up gallery housed in Ninth Street Espresso (341 E. 10th Street at Ave B, New York City). There will be a reception Thursday, March 14, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Posted by Mark Roth at 03:01 AM

February 18, 2019

Pop Stoppage Series: books_#331

Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:30 PM