John R. G. Roth: Polymorphic Conveyances
Exhibition on View:January 16 – February 16, 2013
Free to view exhibition.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 7 – 9 p.m. (free)
VisArts Gallery Hours:
Wednesday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday & Friday: 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Appearance is never quite what it appears to be in John R. G. Roth’s Polymorphic Conveyances at VisArts. It glints, undulates, shifts and rolls. Or, suddenly it freezes in time like a specimen, memorial or repetitive dream. What remains constant is Roth’s vision. His exquisitely crafted, polymorphic sculpture and furniture combine gravitas, folly and humor. Forthright yet eccentric forms carry communiqués linked to his thoughts about the relationship between resources, commodities, consumption, politics, world order and the natural environment.
About the Artist: John R. G. Roth, raised in the Chicago area, has held positions as a maintenance mechanic in a chemical plant, foundry and a furniture factory. He worked as a construction worker, on dairy farms and as an art teacher in a four-room schoolhouse on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Roth was also employed nine years in a research lab fabricating models, prototypes, one of a kind machines as well as destructive testing. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and is represented by Mayer Fine Art Gallery of Norfolk, VA.
Roth has an active exhibition record including shows in New York at Allan Stone Gallery, Veridian and Tria as well as prestigious venues in London, Chicago, and Philadelphia. He has won numerous awards, grants and fellowships including the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Old Dominion University Summer Research Grant. He received an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin.