at RO2ART through September 08
by Todd Camplin
Adam Rowlett just took down his show at the MAC’s partner exhibition space, Mercantile
Coffeehouse, to open this weekend at the downtown RO2 Gallery. This extended time to
see the work is a real plus in my book, because Rowlett’s prints collide issues of science and
religion seamlessly into single compositions.
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|Rowlett makes powerfully engaging images that begin to question the split between the sciences
and religion. In works like ‘Untitled (Apse) and ‘How Can I be Expected To Believe That Any Of
This Is Real,’ science and mathematical imagery seem to create a foundation in each picture
for the religious imagery. Then Rowlett flips the foundations in ‘Firmament.’ No true separation
can be discerned between these two big ideas. It's like Rowlett is proclaiming that both science
and religion are necessary and intertwined. I enjoy this provocative approach to such a big
issue, because these two modes of thinking don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
|Much of the work references Catholic gothic churches, though I detect a hint of other religious
traditions in the works. I see Druid images, along with possible Yoruba based religions. Many of
these faiths have mixed and merged and split from Catholic rituals. The science seems to have
|Untitled (Ellipse) - 2012
Lithograph and Iron Oxide transfer
14” x 9.5”
|‘How Can I be Expected To Believe That Any Of This Is Real,’ uses the shape of a church window
|How Can I be Expected To Believe That Any Of This Is Real - 2012
|Firmament - 2012
17.5” x 10”
|Prophet: Standard Model - 2012
18” x 11”
|Adam Rowlett’s show, “Gothic Abstract” will be up at RO2 Downtown Project gallery. This show
continues its partnership with the MAC (McKinney Avenue Contemporary). The opening will be
August 18th from 7pm to 9pm.