Tim Roda – new works
ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present the first Canadian exhibition of photographs by acclaimed emerging New York-based artist Tim Roda. The exhibition opens on June 22nd and runs until July 15th. Tim Roda's black and white family photographs are filled with reverberations of his own memories of childhood and family traditions. His works, like the recollections they stem from, are presented as fragmented narratives. His models for these nostalgic re-enactments are himself, his wife and his young son, all depicted in detailed settings that nonetheless remain vague, elusive and eerie. Roda uses carefully planned sets for each scene, and dresses them with symbolic props that refer to the familiar objects of childhood. However, each image becomes increasingly perplexing upon inspection and the warmth of the familiarity of each scene becomes mixed with the mysterious ambiguity of the visual puzzles within. Technically, Roda's methods are deliberately uneven, and he roughly cuts the borders of his photographs so they look old and worn, like relics from storage or a family attic. Likewise, he freely allows and even creates chemical splashes and other technical flaws in his printing process. All of these only serve to emphasize the notion of imperfection in portrayal - something that applies as much to the medium of photography as it does to the concept of capturing memories themselves. Tim Roda received his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle, and is currently based in New York. This year, he has already had solo exhibitions In New York, Seattle and Hamburg, Germany. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, and in public art centres in Florida and Oregon. He is the recipient of numerous awards and his work has been collected by The Gaia Collection, Busca Italy, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas and the Seattle Art Museum, among others. This is Tim Roda's first solo exhibition in Canada, and his work was included in Angell Gallery's New York Style exhibition in early 2006.