Rohan Reid

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Artist Statement

I see my work as an attempt to utilize various colour harmonies and surface textures to visually engage the audience. I also use it as an opportunity to explore the range of possibilities allowed through subtle changes colour choice, composition, method of application, surface preparation, etc. I don't seek to give a critique or comment on a past style or movement. It would not be unreasonable to suggest that artspeak gibberish is art's own worst enemy. The object is always there, and it should be discussed directly. Rather than carefully stepping around the object and thinking about what it might be, I focus on what it is. For inspiration, I look at concepts like Ordered Complexity and Emergence, where things build up from a simple base structure by following a set of predetermined rules and self-organize as they go. I translate this into painting by building off of the random, using a predetermined technique and range of colours.

Artist Bio

Rohan Reid’s Biography
Rohan Reid (1975, Kingston, Jamaica) a self-taught artist, began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper found in the home. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his teacher strongly encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents. As a young entrepreneur, he began to sell T-shirts featuring his artwork on the streets of his native country, Jamaica. Reid currently lives and works in Fort Lauderdale where he continues to make drawings, paintings and mixed media artworks.
By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, Reid presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. His drawings never show the complete structure. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an own interpretation without being hindered by the historical reality. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Reid creates situations in which everyday objects are altered or detached from their natural function. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. His works establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence.

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