July 11 - August 15, 2009Mark Roeder: California Landscape Painting
curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Opening Reception: July 11, 6-8 pm
"There Is a Process of Analysis: Can It Be Asked Now Whether This Process Comes to an End? And If So, What Will the End Be?"
I know, right? Will it end? I don't know. In all likelihood, the end - of this process of analysis, this studio process of making things, thinking, looking, writing - will be no better than the beginning. But I bet it wont be any worse either because there isn't an end, really, to the looping thoughts of delusion and illusion which make us make and say things. Every end drinks or smokes itself, erodes its finality with self-doubt and second chances.
There was this beach I saw once that may have been fantasy. It was a secret spot. No wind. Crumbling surf. Perfect California Amazon sun, or was it a moon. I think of a cave in the cliff there every now and then and try to see it again. Maybe painting it, twice, will remind me what it was like to trip on its rocks. Are flawed noncommittal anti-paintings better touched up a second time around? Corrections seem absurd but necessary.
Mark, meet Sam: "Ever tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better." I believe you know each other.
This is Mark Roeder's solo show of seven new California Landscape Paintings and three revelatory collages.