Dwayne Wayned
Samantha Roth

March 2 – April 1

Opening Friday, March 2nd from 7 to 10 pm

Workspace is pleased to present Dwayne Wayned, an exhibition of new work by Samantha Roth.

In Dwayne Wayned, Samantha Roth presents a constellation of ideas that reference formal visual solutions mined from the everyday, matched with explorations of language and its’ peculiarities and structures. Influenced by art history, materiality, domestic processes and objects, as well as simple display methods, the works demonstrate a dialogue about abstraction and representation, returning repeatedly to challenges of dimensionality and communication.

Dwayne Wayne, the nerdy but audacious flirt from the 90’s spinoff sitcom A Different World is arguably most well known for his iconic spectacles. Brainy and bold, his character has a breadth of dimensionality, but can be reduced to the sign of his most eye-catching accessory, flip-top glasses. This object is made up of the purposeful base “seeing aid” portion, and the functional, but somewhat more aesthetic sunglasses frame, fitted to sit above the glasses portion. These can become a stand-in, or a metaphor, for Dwayne’s personality, as well as a formal object to be seen. There, on his face, sits an original, a source structure, and hovering just above it, the perfectly fitted copy, flexible in its interpretation of purpose.

The object is poetic and pragmatic, functional and aesthetically considered, uncanny by its very nature because of its doubling and relationship to sight. For Roth, this structure demonstrates an analogy for her practice. Embedded in the act of making, is the question of re-presentation; a sneaking sense of self-doubt about the validity of locking down that other version of something. Whether the work is a documentation or invention one can’t shake the sense that it is a translation of something that exists somewhere else, be it physically or in the mind’s eye. Every work has a partner, somewhere. For the top flip part of the flip-top glasses, that partner is right there.

Samantha Roth received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2010 and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions at Annie Wharton Los Angeles, Sight School, and Bazalel Gallery, Tel Aviv. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

2 Responses to “Announcement: Samantha Roth | Dwayne Wayned (March 2nd)”

  1. PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A. | ForYourArt Says:

    […] Samantha Roth: Dwayne Wayned Workspace (Pasadena) 7-10pm An exhibition of new work by Samantha Roth where the artist presents ideas that reference formal visual solutions mined from the everyday, matched with explorations of language and its’ peculiarities and structures. Roth’s work is influenced by art history, materiality, domestic processes and objects, as well as simple display methods. […]

  2. April 2012 – All | Artscan Says:

    […] Roth (BFA ’03) presented “Dwayne Wayned” at Work Space in Los Angeles, CA this March. She also has work included in “Dualities, Omissions, Loops, […]

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