Andy Rolfes is a fine artist, photographer and multi-disciplinary designer based in Brooklyn, NY. He enjoys combining them all to explore the intricate interactions between reality and virtual abstraction.

He has contributed to the experimental collective, Join The Studio, the Dallas-based WAAS Gallery, and FOUND agency. He is currently housed at TWO HUSTLERS, collaborating with Nicopanda and occasionally writing for Architecture of Tomorrow.

AndyRolfes

ARTIST STATEMENT

Using my own voyeuristic perspective, my practice explores how much I project my own ideas of identity and escapism onto both the people I know and strangers I spy on among the crowd. Subverting the comforts of reality by wrangling a sense of verisimilitude out of stylized scenes, I seek to disjoint and confuse with rich amalgams of traditional and new mediums.

Starting with my personal photography archives, including moments with friends and events where I perform as a fly on a wall, I simulate the strange re-contextualization, aesthetic distortion and abstraction that occur in translating another person's sense of identity within contemporary society. Meanwhile, I look to Surrealism, theoretical physics, mass culture and other methods of stealing and stylizing reality for my own means.

My final products are results of combining virtual abstractions and recognizable physical motifs like building blocks, displaying the fantastic and surreal scenes formed by the collision of one identity into another.


EDUCATION

BFA, Studio Art

University of North Texas, 2014, Magna Cum Laude
Double Major, Drawing/Painting and Watercolor
Minor, General Engineering Technology
 

EXHIBITIONS

2016

SUBCHROMA
"Exit Left", comissioned for the show
Chicago, IL

For The Love Of Birds And Art
TWU Hubbard Hall; Denton, TX

2015

REVOLVE
Josey Records; Farmers Branch, TX

2014

TOTAL PERSPECTIVE VORTEX (solo show)   
The Whitehouse; Denton, TX

Senior Drawing and Painting Show
Cora Stafford Gallery; Denton, TX

Against the Current
Cora Stafford

RAW Dallas presents: SPECTRUM
Lizard Lounge; Dallas, TX

POP UP
WAAS Gallery; Dallas, TX

54th Annual Voertman’s Student Competition
UNT Art Gallery; Denton, TX

2013

“Ebb & Flow: a watercolor exhibition”
Cora Stafford Gallery

First Friday
Oxide Gallery; Denton, TX

“No Need To Resist”
Cora Stafford Gallery

53rd Annual Voertman’s Student Competition
UNT Art Gallery; Denton, TX

2012

52nd Annual Voertman’s Student Competition
UNT Art Gallery

All Level Watercolor
UNT North Gallery; Denton, TX

Scholarship Recipient
UNT Lightwell Gallery; Denton, TX

2010

Drawing II Core
UNT Lightwell Gallery

Life at UNT: Mural collaboration (permanent)
Kerr Cafeteria, UNT Denton Campus

PUBLICATIONS

Word and Colour, online
3 articles    
Painting

Method 7 Magazine, Issue 3   
"Southern Charm"
Photography

H MAGAZINE, Issue 1
"Eyes Wide Open"
Photography

PRESS

AWARDS

  • 54th Annual Voertman Award
  • Rob Erdle Watercolor Award (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
  • Paul Voertman 2013-14 Scholarship
  • SGA Member of the Year, 2012-13
  • SGA Executive Member of the Year, 2012-13

SAMPLES OF WORK