Morphology Of Change (November Show)

Subject: Morphology Of Change (November Show)
From: Lance Fung Gallery, 537 Bway NYC 10012 (
Date: Mon Nov 08 1999 - 12:12:01 EST

For Immediate Release
Contact Lance Fung (212) 334 6242

J o h n R o l o f f

Morphology of Change

A new installation

11 Nov - 18 Dec at Lance Fung Gallery, 537 Broadway NYC

Reception for the artist: Thursday, 11 November, 6 - 8 PM

Morphology of Change, an exhibition of a new installation by the American
artist John Roloff, opens Thursday, November 11th at Lance Fung Gallery. In
Morphology Of Change Roloff once again achieves an experimentation and
provocation on level with his past landscape projects, installations,
sculptures and environmental art. His geology inspired furnace projects in
the landscape of the late 70's through the early 90's (Saskatchewan,
Canada, Hartford, CT, Arvada, CO...), experimental works with greenhouses
and plant materials of the 80's and 90's (Smithsonian Institution, San
Francisco, CA,
Santa Barbara, CA...) and the large-scale photographic works shown in
Dialogues with Nature at Lance Fung Gallery in 1998 form the background for
this new work.

As a conceptual extension of this earlier work, the installation done
for Morphology of Change incorporates architecture, natural systems and
formal considerations in an interior/exterior setting referring to such
diverse attitudes as the 19th century sublime, process art, earth works,
and baroque philosophy.

In the essay, John Roloff's The Rising Sea, Robert C. Morgan wrote,
"Like many artists of his generation, Roloff is not east to identify in
terms of a particular medium. He has been called a sculptor and
environmental artist, but he is much more than that. He functions on a
conceptual level, meaning that he foregrounds the ideas he is seeking to
clarify through his art. By foregrounding the ideas, the medium or media
becomes secondary to the extent that he uses what is necessary in order to
express the ideas." Further in the same essay Morgan states, "The larger
point for John Roloff in these site-specific installations is that nature
is bigger than our understanding of it. The order of nature is bigger than
any order we can impose upon it, and that it is a resilient force."

The focus of the exhibition will be a large singular work, Holocene,
referring to the Holocene Era, the geologic period of our contemporary
time. Holocene is a primarily transparent, wood-framed structure that
extends the open portion of one of the gallery's street-facing windows into
the center the exhibition space. Within the constructed chamber and
connected only to the outside world is a field of living moss subjected to
the environmental conditions present during the run of the exhibition; on
dry days the moss
will be a dormant grey color, on rainy days--to the extent that weather can
reach within the structure--a vibrant green.

As an extension of the physicality and process aspects of his earlier work,
gallery viewers will be able to observe a section of the exterior
environment penetrating deep into the gallery space and its effect on the
moss's condition. Holocene investigates two resonate themes of Roloff's
work, one that relates architecture and human activity in general to larger
natural and geologic systems, the second, in a similar way to the earlier
landscape furnaces and other environmental works, where a force (in this
case organic vitality as condition of contemporary climate) is made visible
in a confined environment and a dialog ensues between nature, the structure
and its contents.

Lance Fung Gallery is the New York dealer for John Roloff. He has work in
such important art collections as: The National Museum of American Art,
Washington, DC, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, De
Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA, Achenbach Foundation, San
Francisco, CA, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA, University Art Museum,
University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, Newport Harbor Museum,
Newport Beach, CA, Museum of American Crafts, New York, NY, Crocker Art
Museum, Sacramento, CA, Lannon Foundation, Palm Beach, FL, Cornell
University, Ithica, NY, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV, Viart
Corporation and (Numerous additional private collections)

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