The Front Room is proud to present new works by Rob de Oude, Rodger Stevens and Rosa Valado. This exhibition explores the concept of layering and repetition as a means of achieving a unified whole while exploring the sum of its parts. Simple elements weave together to create tapestries of grand design, with limitless functions available to each individual part. Through repetition and meticulous placement, base materials like copper wire and masking tape take on a greater form, creating visual stability while inviting close visual scrutiny. Crisscrossing lines, concentric circles, and repeating forms become their own miniature works, elemental to the final form yet definitive in their own right.
Each of the artists in the exhibition use the texture of overlapping linear forms to create a much larger whole. Rob de Oude makes straight lines bend using a complicated and overlapping grid, while Rodger Stevens bent linear sculptural works bring two dimensional linear forms to life in his overwhelming room-sized installation, and Rosa Valado’s architectural table-top configuration confounds and astounds with small, yet massive-seeming wire and metal forms.
Rob de Oude’s paintings and drawings are composed of multitudes of meticulously placed and repeated lines to reveal geometric shapes and patterns. The repeated use of a single line displays the infinite possibilities of simple units towards seeking an orchestrated balance in a larger scheme. De Oude’s rigorous painting process consists of layering and weaving matrices of straight lines until, between the contrasting colors and crisscrossing patterns, grids begin to bow and warp.
In this exhibition Rodger Stevens’ installation of his linear sculptures create a space of inhabited entities, sometimes recognizable, often not, of shape and form—homages to often under appreciated things around him, they are like Egyptian hieroglyphs of our current times. Inside the space of his installation one feels absorbed and confronted, overwhelmed, by not only the objects around oneself but also by the shadows on the wall within this dense forest of sinewy metal.
Rosa Valado’s sculptures are inspired by sacred geometry, physics, and nature. Using a range of metallic light-reflecting materials, Rosa has been creating architectural forms that interact with the viewer, often containing an interior space that one can enter. Rosa, normally known for her massive public sculptures, is working on a smaller “table-top” ratio for this exhibition allowing the viewer to draw oneself inside the architectural installation, like a plan for an unworldly world’s fair unrealized.