Clare Rojas’s (Artist in Residence ’03, Affiliate ’15–’16) early work brought together high art and popular culture, referencing West Coast modernism, Quaker art, Byzantine mosaics, and Native American textiles. Recently, Rojas has focused her attention on the abstract shapes formed by architecture and shadow that dominate interior spaces, producing colorful, precise, abstract compositions on stretched linen. She has had solo exhibitions at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Deitch Projects, New York; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; Marella Gallery, Beijing, China; and Museum Het Doemien, Netherlands, among others. She is represented by Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Denver Art Museum; and American Museum of the Moving Image, New York. She received her BA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in San Francisco.
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Framing courtesy of The Painters Place
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About Clare E. Rojas
Referencing West Coast modernism, Quaker art, Native American textiles, Byzantine mosaics, and Outsider art, Clare Rojas tells stories through painting, installations, and video. Often her narratives concern relationships between the sexes and among humans and animals, in their struggle to find harmony and balance. Many works quietly celebrate the traditional strengths of women, depicting them like Russian nesting dolls in conventional roles without critical undertones or hints of sexual exploitation. Quilt-like patterns in vivid colors accentuate the folk art-inspired scenes present in some works, while simple geometric forms and stark interiors evoke Bauhaus design in others. Recently, Rojas has focused her attention on the abstract shapes formed by architecture and shadow that dominate interior spaces, producing colorful, precise, abstract compositions on stretched linen.
American, b. 1976, Columbus, Ohio, based in San Francisco, California