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Biography


John Roloff is a visual artist who works conceptually with site, process and natural systems. He is known primarily for his outdoor kiln/furnace projects done from the late 1970's to the early 1990's as well as other large-scale environmental and gallery installations investigating geologic and natural phenomena. He studied geology at UC Davis, Davis, CA with Professor Eldridge Moores and others during the formative days of plate tectonics in the mid-1960's.

Subsequently, he studied art with Bob Arneson and William T. Wiley also at UC Davis in the late 1960's. In addition to numerous environmental, site-specific installations in the US, Canada and Europe, his work has been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, UC Berkeley Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Institution, Photoscene Cologne and the Venice Architectural Biennale. He has received 3 artists visual arts fellowships from the NEA, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a California Arts Council grant for visual artists.

He is represented by the Lance Fung Gallery in NY and Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco. He is currently a Professor of Sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Environmental Installations/Commissions:

2001-3 Untitled, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UM Minneapolis, MN (in progress)
2000-3 Untitled, Staten Island Ferries/New Kennedy Class, NYC, NY (with Werner Klotz, in progress)
1999 Eocene/Pliocene, Paradise Wood Sculpture Grove, Santa Rosa, CA
1996 Pitzer Project: A Prototype System for the Production and Redistribution of Ancient Sunlight, Pitzer College, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA
1996 Compost Project, ALTER Project, Slippery Rock College, Slippery Rock, PA
1993 Deep Gradient/Suspect Terrain (Seasons of the Sea 'Adrift'), Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA
1993 Fragment: The Hidden Sea (Island of Refuge), Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1992 Metabolism and Mortality/O2, Tyler School Of Art, Elkins Park, PA
1989 Humboldt Ship, CSU Humboldt, Arcata, CA
1989 Vanishing Ship (Third State), Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, CA
1988 Oculus: Dead Sea/Oil Field, Arvada Art Center, Arvada, CO
1988 Oculus: Emerson/Beebe, The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, "Eco-Systems," Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
1988 Untitled (Earth Orchid), Hartford School Of Art, Hartford, CT
1988 Isla De Umunnum (Island of the Hummingbirds), Elkhorn Slough Estuarine Reserve, Moss Landing, CA
1987 Talking Tree, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
1986 Winter Stream/Drifting Rowboat (Overturned), San Francisco, CA
1986 Ancient Valley (Sea Floor), Swanston Light Rail Station, Sacramento, CA
1985 Ancient Shoreline: Island for Lake Lahontan, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
1984 Wave Ship (of Fire)/Ice Ship (of Glass), Detroit, MI
1984 Collision: Lava Ship/Trellis Ship, San Rafael, CA
1982 Mountain Kiln/Black Orchid, Oakland, CA
1981 Wave Kiln 1 and 2, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1980 Prairie Starfish/Glacial Epoch, Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada
1980 Land Monitor/Fired Volcanic Boulder, Albuquerque, NM

One Person Exhibitions (Selected):

2003 Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Holocene Passage, Archivio Emily Harvey, Venice, Italy
2001 Original Depositional Environment, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
2000 John Roloff: Displacements, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI (brochure)
1999 Morphology of Change, Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Terrain into Architecture: Projection and Displacement, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
1998 The Rising Sea, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, Florida (brochure)
1998 Dialogues with Nature, Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Agricola: Four Works 1994-97, Hartnell College, Salinas, CA
1996 Gallerie Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1996 Manchester CG, Pittsburgh, PA
1992 Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
1989 Fuller Gross Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Hartford School Of Art, Hartford CT
1987 Matrix Exhibition, University Art Museum, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (brochure)
1985 University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV
1984 Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1981 Theo Portnoy Gallery, New York, NY
1981 Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1979 Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions (Selected):

2000 Bounded Intervals, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI (catalog)
2000 New Prometheans, COCA and University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2000 Open House: Art on Site 1, 362 Waller St., San Francisco, CA (brochure, video catalog)
2000 hunt, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ
2000 terra sacāre, Puffin Room, New York, NY
1999 domesticated, Refusalon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Arborescence, Paradise Wood Sculpture Grove, Santa Rosa, CA (brochure)
1998 MATRIX/Berkeley: 20 Years, University Art Museum, UCB, Berkeley, CA (catalog)
1997 The Nature of Materials, Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Photoscene Cologne, EAC--Versuchsreihe, Cologne, Germany
1995 Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, M. H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
1994 Color in the Shadows, Bay Area Cyber Art, CCAC, Oakland, CA (catalog).
1992 Fragile Ecologies: Artist's Interpretations and Solutions, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, (traveling exhibit, book)
1991 Constructions of Meaning, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, (catalog).
1989 The Boat Show, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
1989 Eco-Systems, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.
1986 Second Newport Biennial: The Bay Area, Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA (catalog).
1982 Nature as Metaphor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (catalog).
1982 Six Artists, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.
1978 Landscape, New Views, Cornell University, Ithica, NY.
1975 OK Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, (catalog).
1975 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY (catalog).

Videography:

1994 Gradient, one channel video, color, sound, 6:00.
1994 Deluge (Radiant Sleep/Helium Ash), one channel video, color, sound, 20:00.
1991 51 Million BTU's/Metabolism Study/C3H8, e-, NaCl, one channel video projection, salt crystal screen installation, color, sound, 47:00.
1990 51 Million BTU's, 3 channel video installation, color, sound, 26:00.

Awards:

1990 Visual Arts Award, California Arts Council
1986 Visual Arts Award, National Endowment for the Arts
1983 Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Foundations
1980 Visual Arts Award, National Endowment for the Arts
1977 Visual Arts Award, National Endowment for the Arts

Collections (Selected):

National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
University Art Museum, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Lannon Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
(Numerous other public and private collections)

Bibliography (Selected):

Albright, Thomas, Art of the San Francisco Bay Area, University of California Press, 1984.
Baker, Kenneth, Greenhouse Sinks into the Sea, San Francisco Chronicle, July 17, 1987, pg. 85.
Baker, Kenneth, Sculptor John Roloff at Paule Anglim, San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 18, 1992, pg. C5.
Berkson, Bill, John Roloff, University Art Museum, Artforum, Nov. 1987, pg. 144.
Boettger, Suzaan, John Roloff, San Rafael, Artforum, Jan. 1983.
Crohn, Jennifer F., John Roloff, Arts Magazine, April, 1992, pg. 79.
Ebony, David, David Ebony's Top Ten, John Roloff at Lance Fung, artnet.com, November 1999
Higuchi, Shoichiro, John Roloff, Shotenkenchiku, No. 6, 1990, pg. 296-97.
Higuchi, Shoichiro, Yerba Buena Gardens, Nikkei Architecture, 7-18, 1994, pg. 218-219.
Johnson, Ken, Art in Review, John Roloff, Morphology of Change, New York Times, November 26, 1999, pg. B-39.
Kino, Carol, John Roloff at Lance Fung, Art in America, May, 2000, pg. 163
Lacy, Suzanne, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, Bay Press, Seattle, WA, 1995, pg. 269-270.
Lewallen, Constance, John Roloff, "2nd Newport Biennial: The Bay Area," Exhibition Catalog, Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1986.
Lewallen, Constance, John Roloff, Matrix Catalog No. 110, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA 1987.
Lewallen, Constance, Facing Eden: 100 Years of Landscape Art in the Bay Area, De Young Museum Press, 1995.
Matilsky, Barbara C., Fragile Ecologies, Contemporary Artist's Interpretations and Solutions, Rizzoli pub., NY, NY, pg. 57, 104-107.
Morgan, Robert, John Roloff's Rising Sea, catalog essay, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL, 1998.
Morris, Gay, John Roloff at Paule Anglim, Art in America, April, 1992, pg. 168.
Rapoport, Sonia, Color in the Shadows: Bay Area Cyber Art, Leonardo, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1995, Reviews, pg. 77-78.
Rosser, Phyllis, Making Trouble, High Performance, Winter 1994, pg. 18-21.
Schwan, Gary, Ecological Mediation Reconciles Art, Science, Palm Beach Post, Nov. 27, 1998, pg. 37
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, Bullfinch Press, 1995, pg. 238.
Webster, Mary Hull, A Conversation with Steven A. Nash and Constance Lewallen, curators, 'Facing Eden,' Artweek, June 1995, pg. 15-16.

Lectures, Panels, Visiting Artist Positions (Selected):

2000 University of Washington, Seattle, WA (lecture, New Prometheans)
2000 California State University, Fresno (lecture)
2000 Albequerque Academie (lecture)
1999 University of Washington (lecture)
1998 University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (lecture)
1997 Re-inventing the Terrain, CSU Monterey Bay, Seaside, CA (lecture, visiting artist, panel)
1996 Moltkerei Werkstadtt, Organic Logic, Cologne, Germany, (lecture)
1996 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (lecture)
1996 CCAC, Oakland, CA (artist symposium)
1996 Pitzer College, Claremont CA, (visiting artist)
1994 Public Art, Anderson Ranch, Aspen, CO (visiting artist)
1994 Color in the Shadows, Bay Area Cyber Art, CCAC, Oakland, CA (artist panel)
1993 Eve Laramee and John Roloff, CCAC, Oakland, CA (joint lecture)
1993 Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA (artist panel)
1992 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (lecture)
1991 To 1974: 74+ lectures, panels or visiting artist positions.

Teaching:

Professor, Sculpture/Interdisciplinary Department, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 1973-74, 1978-present.
Mills College, Oakland, CA, Instructor, part-time (concurrent with SFAI), 1980-1991.
Assistant Professor, University Of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1987-88.
Assistant Professor, University Of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1974 To 1978.

Represented By:

Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA (anglim@sirius.com)
Lance Fung Gallery, New York, NY (lfg@glove.net)

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