The Inscending Spiral by James Roper
“The Inscending Spiral” by James Roper
Exhibition Dates: July 12 – August 9, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 6-10 PM (Artist in Attendance)
Mirus Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Inscending Spiral, new works by James Roper, his first solo show since 2011 and his premier solo show at Mirus.
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'.
Using the labyrinthine back streets and highway intersections of Los Angeles as a back drop, the multiple narrative threads follow the strangely skewed spiritual journeys of a Beverly Hills rich kid, a pornstar, a MMA fighter, an artist, a gang member, a celebrity publicist and a homeless bag lady. Underscored by the tremors of a looming earthquake and the machinations of a mysterious LA gang called 'The Labrys', the story turns around one central incident, a car crash, the first and only encounter between the two main protagonists, Aidan Kincaid and Rosa De la Cruz.”
We look forward to your attendance on Saturday, July 12, 2014 6-10PM