DOROTHEE JOACHIM + RICHARD ROTH
In the off space we present recent work by painters Dorothee Joachim and Richard Roth. Please join us on Sunday, April 22nd from 4 -7 for the opening reception.
Presented in the off space, Dorothee Joachim and Richard Roth approach painting with a similar focused position, although the results differ greatly. Joachim’s process is laborious and surprisingly dense; but the work denies that strain of that labor and feel effortless, airy and luminous. By carefully applying hundreds of layers of very diluted pigment from a limited chromatic range, she creates powerful objects that offer density and translucency. To perceive the material process of the work is to begin to understand something of the power of paint and process to activate and transcend a surface.
Dorothee Joachim has exhibited her painting widely since the late seventies. Other recent solo exhibitions include installations at devening projects + editions in Chicago, the Brühler Kunstverein in Brühl, Germany, pp projects in Hamburg, and Kunst in NRW in Aachen-Kornelimünster. She recently participated in group shows at Judith Racht Gallery in Harbert, MI, Angle art contemporain in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux (F), Halle Zehn in Cologne, Galerie oqbo in Berlin, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum in Hagen, and Hunter College / Times Square Gallery in New York. Her work is featured in numerous private and public collections including Kolumba and Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Dorothee Joachim lives and works in Cologne.
Richard Roth returned to painting in 2006 after a 10 year hiatus; previously, his practice was rooted primarily in collecting, archiving and presenting contemporary material culture. Rooting around in expansive 3-D polychrome universe—product and package design, nature, architecture, masks, custom cars, and fashion—informed the recent work with a conceptual and post-modern attitude. His paintings are diminutive in stature—almost anti-heroic—use an efficient and direct vocabulary and offer an immediate retinal charge. The paintings’ unusual depth elevates them to the realm of formidable, tangible object, enabling him to explore the formal concerns of abstract painting in three dimensions, riffing on real and illusionistic space. This is Richard Roth’s first exhibition with the gallery.
Richard Roth’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; 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; and Feigen, Inc., Chicago. He is currently a faculty member in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.