TOPAZ ARTS Visual Arts Program is pleased to present Footnotes For Revelation — a solo exhibition by visual artist Roger Rothstein, on view November 21 to December 20, at TOPAZ ARTS Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 6-8pm at TOPAZ ARTS Gallery located at 55-03 39th Avenue in Woodside, Queens. Subway directions: #7-train to 61 St. or the R, V, G trains to Northern Blvd. Details available at www.topazarts.org. Viewing hours for this exhibition are by appointment only – please call 718-505-0440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Footnotes For Revelation is a new series of book cuttings on canvas with gold leaf by visual artist Roger Rothstein. At first glance, the seven large-scale gold canvasses are reminiscent of familiar Renaissance paintings. But at closer look, these spiritual splices are collages made of cuttings from glossy artbooks and posters – in a sense, relics of art reproductions. Icons become pattern, skillfully placed with precision by Rothstein who has been described by The New York Times as turning “ephemera into precious relics”. Also on view for this exhibit is an earlier series “Illuminated” of 14 framed black and white pieces in which Rothstein masters the intricacy of cutting along lines of linotype to re-imagine new scenes in collages inspired from Gustave Dore’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost. Footnotes For Revelation presents skillful challenges for both the artist and the viewer — for Rothstein, working with color, gold leaf, and cutting from glossy, heavy paper from often rare artbooks and posters, are inherently experimental for him stylistically, taking an academic approach in remaking classical Renaissance imagery. Compositionally, in choosing Renaissance icons – whether academic or implying contemporary thought, be it political outrage or personal statement, the work still arrives at classical form, presenting the viewer with iconic images that are seemingly transcendent set in a subversive milieu.
Roger Rothstein, a New York native born 1969, is a 1991 graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University where he studied film and television production as well as Art History. A visual artist and production designer, his varied creative talents include collage, sculptural food art, miniature work, architectural model making, and is known for his infamous TV appearances co-hosting the Rosie O’Donnell Show, making intricate drawings from the knobs of an Etch-A-Sketch, and on the Food Network where his sculpture “Temple of Snack Foods” was featured. His first solo exhibition “Cultural Residue” was shown in 2005 at The Bond Gallery in NYC and has been presented in group shows at the Jonathon Schorr Gallery in SoHo, The New York Urban Experience Gallery in South Street Seaport, On Gallery in Williamsburg, NYC Board of Education in the Bronx, Vibrant Gallery on Wooster Street, and Omni Gallery in Long Island. Rothstein currently lives and works in New York City.
The opening reception for Footnotes For Revelation on Saturday, November 21, 2009 is presented as part of TOPAZ ARTS’ 9th Annual Open House, preceded by a special performance at 4pm “Cabaret Solitaire” featuring solo works by choreographers Molissa Fenley, Nicholas Leichter and Paz Tanjuaquio.