Jason Rohlf, ‘Reclaim’, 2014, FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Jason Rohlf: Artist statement

The series “Field Guides,” is my ongoing effort as an artist to collect and preserve my visual sensibilities. With each piece being the forum for continued exploration as countless layers of collage, medium and acrylic paint coalesce to become a finished painting.

The one thing I can count on as I participate in the creation of a piece is that in defiance of my intent and regardless of how hopeful my expectations, each attempt will undergo many revisions. With the end result ideally being the cumulative effect of the whole and not just working toward the outermost layer. As with memory once obscure things, hidden elements from the pieces past will form an essential role on the surface; often as relief, while the most hard fought details will likely earn a swift opaque top coat as a result of each days fits and starts. Like an urban palimpsest many of the most thoughtful moments occur as these conflicting efforts achieve harmony and then begin to recede resulting in the melding of competing ideas.

The end results will ideally continue to serve up a variety of visual reminders or clues telling of how important certain influences have been and over time where they led. Hopefully over many years this process will allow me to imagine the body of work as a stop action time line slowly revealing the newly favored elements only to see them diminish and evolve again as my changing guides and exposure leave its mark on my art making.

Field Guides


2013 Tory Folliard Gallery, Navigational Aids, Milwaukee, WI
Masters Pelavin Gallery, Shop Rag Paintings, New York, NY

2011 Tory Folliard Gallery, Soundings, Milwaukee, WI

2010 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New Works, San Francisco, CA

2009 Campton Gallery, Recent Paintings, New York, NY
Tory Folliard Gallery, Errant Compass Paintings, Milwaukee, WI
Judy Saslow Gallery, Permeations, Chicago, IL

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New Paintings, San Francisco, CA

2006 Trinity Gallery, New Paintings, Atlanta, Ga
Tory Folliard Gallery, Converse, Milwaukee, Wi
Judy Saslow Gallery, Positional, Chicago, IL

2005 Pentimenti Gallery, Palimpsests, Philadelphia, PA

2004 Judy A. Saslow Gallery, New Works, Chicago, IL
Trinity Gallery, Contrastes, Atlanta, GA

2003 Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
TEN63, Jason Rohlf: Painting and Collage, Long Island City, NY

2002 Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001 Tory Folliard Gallery, Introducing Jason Rohlf, Milwaukee, WI
Carlo Alessi Gallery, Field Guides, New York, NY

2000 Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Pilots, Chicago, IL

1998 Michael H. Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1997 Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
Michael H. Lord Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

About Jason Rohlf