RICHARD ROTH | Close Call
March 9 - April 20, 2018
In the Project Space, Richard Roth presents “Close Call”, a dynamic series of formally abstract work completed in 2018. In spite of their diminutive stature and stark vocabulary, Roth’s paintings embody an interest in play, the quotidian, and the "retinal." They claim object status (as opposed to window status) enabling them to tap into the expansive 3-D polychrome universe – product and package design, nature, architecture, masks, custom cars, and fashion. The paintings’ box-like proportions allow for a wide range of new issues, both formal and content-related, that enrich the artist’s practice and its conversation with the contested legacy of modernism.
Richard Roth received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and a BFA from The Cooper Union. In 1991 he was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. Roth’s work has been exhibited at Tomlinson Kong Contemporary, NY; Galerie Rob de Vries, The Netherlands; David Richard Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM; HICA, Highland Institute of Contemporary Art, Loch Ruthven, Scotland, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Rocket Gallery, London; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond; UCR/California Museum of Photography; the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan; Feigen, Inc., Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; OK Harris Gallery, NY; Castelli Warehouse, NY. He is the co-editor of the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design and co-author of three books – Color Basics, Design Basics 3D, and Design Basics 2D and 3D. Berkeley. Roth lives and works in Camarillo, California.