That distance—the blankness of the faces and often the backgrounds, the sketchy look of forms and figures—produces an intriguing effect for the viewer, especially when combined with purposefully non-descript titles like Passersby 4 (2013), Men (2015), Bystander 3 (2015), and Neighbor II (2015). It incites the same curiosity that prompted Rødseth to work on the series in the first place. The idea that the concept of “the other” is universal—and, in fact, that “the other” is only relative, that we are all strangers to someone—is thought-provoking, no matter who you are or where you live.
“Passersby” is on view at Owen James Gallery, Brooklyn, Mar. 12–Apr. 18, 2015.