Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth | Magnolia Editions | Bergarde Gallery

March 1, 2012February 28, 2013

Laurel Roth

Laurel Roth lives and works in Northern California. Before becoming an artist she worked as a park ranger and in natural resource conservation. These professional experiences have influenced her current work, which centers on the human manipulation of and intervention into the natural world and the choices we make everyday between our individual desires and the well being of the world at large.  Through traditional techniques of carving, embroidery, crochet, and collage, Roth transforms ordinary materials into fantastical creatures and surprising, often humorous, assemblages. Examining topics ranging from biodiversity and industrial agriculture to the pharmaceutical industry, fertility culture, and domestic animal breeding, her work hovers between protection and neglect, beauty and decay, possibility and limitation.

Roth has shown widely both in the United States and abroad, including shows at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City; the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the 21C Museum, the Zabludowics Collection, the Progressive Collection, the Ripley’s Museum of Hollywood and the Museum of Art and Design in New York. She is represented by Frey Norris Gallery in San Francisco; Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery in New York City; and Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago.

Image: Allegory of the Monoceros, 2008, Andy Diaz Hope + Laurel Roth, Jacquard Tapestry, 106 x 76 inches

Andy Diaz Hope

Andy Diaz Hope earned his BS and MS from Stanford University’s Joint Program in Design—a collaborative program between the engineering and art departments. Diaz Hope’s work began to find its voice while working as an engineer and designer for companies such as Apple and Microsoft. Realizing the notion of progress had lost its luster for him and that technology was failing to  improve what he feels are some of the fundamentals of peoples quality of life,  he began making  work which seeks to offer alternative view points to the mainstream media out of a desire to foster dialogue and critical thought.  His most recent bodies of work have dealt with diverse topics ranging from the semantics of the word terrorist as a marganilizing force to recreational and pharmaceutical drug culture to contemplations of our quest for immortality.

Diaz Hope is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco and Schroeder Romero and Shredder in New York City.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the 21c Museum (Lousville, KY) and the Crocker Museum (Sacramento. CA) and the Museum of Art and Design(NYC) as well as many public and private collections. . 

The Project

Our collaborations provide and important third entity to our individual practices.  Diaz Hope’s work focuses primarily on humanity’s impact on its own internal landscape while Roth’s focuses on humanity’s impact on the external world.  Our collaborations allow us to meld these 2 foci to explore topics from mulitple points of view.  We began collaborating in 2004.  Since then we collaborate regularly and often include collaborative work in our individual exhibitions as well as creating entirely collaborative exhibitions such as our Future Darwinist show in 2008 and the „2011“ show in 2011 at Schroeder Romero Gallery and the Pharmacopeia installations at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Gescheidle Gallery in Chicago and Mixed Greens gallery in New York City. 

Our most recent collaboration is a triptych of tapestries inspired by The Unicorn Tapestries and structured on the three fundamental conflicts in literature. The first, Allegory of the Monoceros, illustrates the end of Darwinian natural selection and the growth of human-centric evolution.  The second, Allegory of the Infinite Mortal portrays a garden for contemplation of the scientific and philosophical structures humans have used throughout history to explore the concepts of infinity and immortality and our place therein. The third tapestry will be created during their fellowship at the de Young. 

Magnolia Editions

Magnolia Editions (aka Magnolia Tapestry Project and Magnolia Press) is a fine art studio in Oakland, California. For over two decades they have worked closely with artists to produce and publish fine art projects, including unique and editioned works on paper, artist books, and public art. Primarily a printmaking studio, we have also been working since the late 1990s on a set of techniques which put industrial weaving technology in the service of artists. To date, we have woven editions by artists such as Bruce Conner, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Ed Moses, Leon Golub, and Nancy Spero, among others. Magnolia Editions tapestries have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the White Cube Gallery in London.

Bergarde Galleries

Bergarde Galleries present modern and contemporary art in two spaces and a sculpture garden at estate Het Buitenland, just south east of Rotterdam. The galleries contain the private collection of modern and contemporary art of lifelong collectors Anja and Henk van den Berg along with solo exhibitions with art from important artists from around the world. Bergarde Galleries select art on quality and depth -- art that turns heads, fascinates, has its place in art history or in the future. The collection is continually changing and evolving. 

This project has been generously funded by The James Irvine Foundation’s Innovation Fund.