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 must 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 and 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.
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 fundamental qualities of life, he began making work which seeks to offer alternative view points to the mainstream media. 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 in New York, the 21c Museum in Lousville, KY, the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, as well as many public and private collections.
Diaz Hope's artwork focuses primarily on humanity’s impact on its own internal landscape, while Roth’s focuses on humanity’s impact on the external world. Together, their collaboration allows them to meld these two foci and explore the topics from mulitple points of view. They began collaborating in 2004 and have collaborated regularly since then, often including collaborative work in their individual exhibitions.
Their 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.
The Collaborating Partners
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 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.
Photos of the artists on Flickr