THE INSCENDING SPIRAL BY JAMES ROPER
JUL 12TH 2014 TO AUG 9TH 2014
Having previously pursued filmmaking as a side project, through script writing and the making of short films - including the Vimeo Awards 2010 shortlisted film ‘Outside’ – Roper has now chosen to integrate those ideas into his main body of work.
At first glance, Ropers drawings tantalize viewers with overlaid, seemingly transparent intricacies. Once the viewer is absorbed in his markings, a closer inspection yields the underlying scaffolding of perfect geometric ratios utilized in Ropers proportions and compositions.
James Ropers paintings demand to be visually dissected, but once the beauty of his work has been absorbed, they are left with an entire world that Roper has spent years cultivating from his avid interest in storytelling. The work provides insight to a vast narrative and array of characters ranging from an MMA fighter to homeless woman.
In The Inscending Spiral Roper will be using multiple mediums to depict various elements of this expansive narrative, including drawing, writing, painting, installation, graffiti and video, allowing the viewer to simultaneously delve into the story whilst attempting to piece it together.
Roper Himself Explains: “In 2005 I wrote a screenplay called ‘Nirodha Point’, a self-reflexive look at Hollywood, fame and material excess. With the intention of expanding the world created within ‘Nirodha Point’ I immediately started writing a prequel, but it’s sprawling narrative failed to fully coalesce. As a result I have chosen to produce a series of drawings that will explore those ideas in their current nebulous state entitled ‘The Inscending Spiral’.