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Michael Rouillard
updated: 03/08/2009
website: MichaelRouillard.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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46 Pages
46 Pages (detail)
5 Scribble Books
Red Scribble Book
Black Scribble Book
Cable Drawing
Untitled drawing installation, 2005
Untitled drawing installation (detail)
Untitled
Untitled (detail)
Resource
Untitled
Eta
Untitled
Number 2
 
Portfolio Keywords:  obsessive, process, abstract, repetition
 
 
46 Pages by Michael Rouillard
46 Pages
ballpoint pen on paper, steel shelf, graphite
1993 - present (2003 installation)
Dimensions variable
46 Pages (detail) by Michael Rouillard
46 Pages (detail)
ballpoint pen on paper, steel shelf, graphite
1993 - present (2003 installation)
14" x  11"  x 1" 
5 Scribble Books by Michael Rouillard
5 Scribble Books
ballpoint pen, notebooks
1995-present
Dimensions variable
Red Scribble Book by Michael Rouillard
Red Scribble Book
ballpoint pen on paper
1997-present
5" x  3.5"  x 1/2" 
Black Scribble Book by Michael Rouillard
Black Scribble Book
Ballpoint pen, drawing book
2005
6" x  4"  x .5" 
Cable Drawing by Michael Rouillard
Cable Drawing
ballpoint pen on paper, plexi, cables, hardware
2005
Dimensions variable
Untitled drawing installation, 2005 by Michael Rouillard
Untitled drawing installation, 2005
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum with painted wall band
2005
Dimensions variable
Untitled drawing installation (detail) by Michael Rouillard
Untitled drawing installation (detail)
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum with painted wall band
2005
39.38 " x  19.5"  x .38" 
Untitled by Michael Rouillard
Untitled
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum (3 panels)
2007
42.4 " x  20"  x .38" 
Untitled (detail) by Michael Rouillard
Untitled (detail)
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum (3 panels)
2007
42.4 " x  20"  x .38" 
Resource by Michael Rouillard
Resource
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum
2006
28.88" x  12.5"  x .38" 
Untitled by Michael Rouillard
Untitled
Brushed ink on paper mounted on aluminum (3 panels)
2007
40" x  17"  x .33" 
Eta by Michael Rouillard
Eta
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum (3 panels)
2005
35.25" x  16.38"  x .33" 
Untitled by Michael Rouillard
Untitled
Ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum (3 panels)
2006
28.88" x  12.5"  x .33" 
Number 2 by Michael Rouillard
Number 2
ballpoint pen on paper mounted on aluminum (4 panels)
2002/2006
39.38" x  19.5"  x .38" 

Artist Statement

 

The stacked pages installation, 1993-present (images 1 and 2) 

The piece started in 1993 with the simple act of scribbling with ball-point pens in a sketch pad until both sides of each page were a dense shiny black. Later, the accumulated pages were stacked on a steel shelf placed on a line above the floor defining the area of the pages. (The area below the line to the floor is the scribbled area of the pages.) As an example, if 60 pages were used there would be about 128 square feet of blackened/scribbled area but only one page would be seen.

 

The piece is worked on sporadically and is open-ended as to when it will be finished. At the present time there are over 60 pages. The working title is changed to the actual number of pages used in a specific installation. In 1999 it was first shown as "30 Pages" and in 2003 "46 Pages."

 

The sparseness of the installation belies the obsessive-compulsive activity of the piece. This activity remains almost entirely unseen and hidden; a private practice made public to the mind's eye, but not the eye itself. The energy expended in the blackening of the pages remains contained. In a sense, it is done but then denied, making the mindless act of scribbling seem even more absurd.

 

The piece raises questions of uncertainty, perplexity, doubt and trust. There is an urge to flip through the stack to see if all the pages are entirely black but this is not intended. All that can be known for sure is what is seen, the top page and the edges of the others. One is forced to live with what isn't readily known or seen, maybe doubting or inferring, and also possibly asking, what for? -- Interesting question.

 

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A different body of work uses densely scribbled panels in pieces with subtle shifts of light. Dimensional changes in the overlaid panels create linear compositions around open fields of color. The thinness of the pieces allow them to lay directly on the wall, nearly eliminating shadows and making the work seem like part of the architecture. This is furthered by having some of the pieces framed by floor-to-ceiling painted bands.

Artist Bio / CV

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2007 Charlotte Jackson FA, Santa Fe, NM

2005 Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switz.

2004 Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Charlotte Jackson FA, Santa Fe, NM

2001 Stark Gallery, New York

2000  Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999  Stark Gallery, New York

1997  Higashi Gallery,Los Angeles,CA

          Stark Gallery, New York

1996  Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

          Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995  Stark Gallery, New York

1992  Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 Galerie Gisele Linder, Basel, Switz.                            

2006 Kunstraum A. Buerkle, Freiburg, Germany

         Galerie Gisele, Linder, Basel, Switz.

         Charlotte Jackson FA, Santa Fe. NM

2005 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2003 Dumbo Art Center, Brooklyn, NY

         Roger Ramsey Gallery, Chicago, IL

2002 Cargo Bar, Basel, Switz.(video)

         Charlotte Jackson FA, Santa Fe, NM

         Kiyo Higashi Gallery, Los Angeles

2001 Stark Gallery, New York

         Florence Lynch Gallery, New York                                                    2000 Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switz.        

         Esso Gallery, New York

1999 Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switz.

         Thatcher Projects, New York      

         Otis College of Art and Design, LA

         Riverhouse Editions, Steamboat Springs, CO

1998 Workspace Gallery, New York

         Galerie Gisèle Linder, Basel, Switz.

1997 Kunstr. Neue Kunst, Hannover, Germany

1996 The Panza Collection, Trento, Italy

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Panza Collection, Varese, Italy

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Banque Kinter, Madrid, Spain

Alexander Buerkle Collection, Freiburg, Germany

 

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute                 Sculpture/Painting

New York University     Art History/Philosophy

Hunter College               BA, Art History