Studio Kroner presents INTERSECTION:
Recent work from Roy Robinson & Michael Roller
July 6 - August 5, 2023
6-9 pm, Thursday, July 6
1-2 pm, Saturday, July 15
2-5 pm, Saturday, August 5
Coming from a career in architecture and design, I find myself attracted to an art that deals with spatial relationships in abstract ways. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been observing the epic explorations of the Modernists: from Cubism, the De Stijl movement, Malevich, and Futurism…to Expressionism, Minimalism, even Performance Art. These theoretical frameworks become the basis for my own explorations of such intangible themes as beauty, urgency, ambiguity, continuity – even transcendence; to reflect on time, change, decay, and loss. The work is frequently set up in terms of dualities: black and white, dark and light, minimal and excessive, control and chaos, the human world (rational) and the natural world (organic). If this all sounds a little too ambitious, it is. I know that. But it is a driving impulse. Each work is an attempt to find explanations – or, at least, to elucidate the questions I’m asking. A sort of metaphysical data. The work collectively becomes an attempt to reveal some kind of impossible summation about life in general. Or, maybe just some understanding my own life.
Michael Roller is an abstract artist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a background in industrial design, Roller approaches art using a creative process that is both structured and improvisational. Through layering acrylic paints, he creates abstract compositions inspired by digital culture—balancing control and improvisation. Small rectangles, parallel lines, and intersecting curves are common motifs in his work, but each painting is unique and carefully crafted based on personal memories, artifacts, and emotions. The result is a body of work that explores the intersection of design and abstract art, with each painting offering a glimpse into his relationship with the world.