A visiting professor in the School of Visual Arts has an exhibition opening this weekend.
Danny Rose, visiting professor of graphic design and 2018 artist-in-residence for the School of Visual Arts, is showcasing his exhibition “Strange Tide.”
For three months in the Fall, Rose was the Artist in Residence at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 N.E. 3rd St. It is a contemporary art studio in Oklahoma City. Part of the artist in residence opportunity there is getting to create your own show, he said.
“When I got there, I started experimenting with works on paper, from using various printmaking techniques, like monotypes and screen prints and different transfer techniques,” Rose said.
Rose said because [Artspace] at Untitled is primarily a printmaking facility and gallery studio, it was a new experience, after which he started hanging up test prints around his studio.
“I kind of just felt like I wanted to keep pushing them, and so I started to draw and paint on top of them and so they kind of evolved into this mixed media body of work,” Rose said. “That’s kind of what developed ‘Strange Tide.’ Just from the process of experimenting with a new medium and then kind of using my old practice of painting, which I’ve been painting for years, and kind of creating something hybrid in between.”
The works on view are an installation of 20 framed experiments on paper, as well as nine paintings on canvas and wood panel that were inspired by the paper works. Rose said this makes them all relate to each other.
“Aesthetically, my practice, I’m very interested in nature and the relationship that we have to it,” he said. “For me, I kind of view that as being able to look at images from nature and kind of abstract them from what we might normally perceive as a landscape, or foliage, or trees, or clouds. I like to take images and abstract them from their natural forms.”
Rose said “Strange Tide” means more than one thing to him. He recently moved back to Oklahoma, and said he is still adjusting to the newness of his life. Rose also said he was inspired by bodies of water, which is where the name of his exhibition came from.
“You’ll see from looking at the work that it’s not directly that, but I am inspired from those natural forms and places,” he said.
Though originally from Altus, Oklahoma, Rose lived in Dallas for almost 10 years. There he attended the Art Institute of Dallas. In 2014, he spent the year teaching abroad in Indonesia. He returned to Dallas afterward before moving back to Oklahoma, where he’s lived for six months.
“I was looking for a change, but I wanted to get in touch with my roots again and see what it was like to be back in Oklahoma,” Rose said. “I had recently been visiting Oklahoma City a lot, and I just really kind of started to fall in love with what’s happening in the art world here and the art community. I think it’s really growing.”
The exhibition opens 6-9 p.m. Saturday at [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd St, located in the deep deuce area. The exhibition is free and lasts through Feb. 17.
“I definitely plan on going to Danny Rose’s exhibition,” said Kyla Bruegel, film production/studio art junior. “I like abstract art a lot, I think it inspires really good conversations.”
Bruegel said it’s exciting to get to see a professor’s work.
“It helps me understand more about the professor as a person and where he’s coming from in his teaching style,” she said. “I think it’s important for them to really understand the creative process in that way, from a place of experience.”
Photos provided by Danny Rose.