|riˈkər|from Latin recurrere: to run back
This group of artwork is part of ongoing research into the concept and application of recursion, which is generally associated with computer science, linguistics, and mathematics; but has also been applied to the visual arts. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines recursion as “the determination of a succession of elements (as numbers or functions [or lines]) by operation on one or more preceding elements according to a rule or formula involving a finite number of steps.” The aspect of my paintings that is recursive is the structure. Each design is produced by a particular predefined motion along a path. So far I have produced three different types of recursive structures. One which is recorded along a singular path as in Circuitous Melody; two, moved along a distinct path during each cycle as in Flammeum Gladium; third, a path is started, terminated, and restarted in a new position multiple times to produce a cluster of enclosed shapes as in Ventus Turbinis.
Roland Thompson was born in 1970 in Utah, where he continues to live and work. He received a B.F.A. from Brigham Young University in 1998 and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001. Thompson has been featured in over 60 exhibits, the most notable including: Hot & Sticky, The Painting Center, New York (2001); Random Order, White Columns, New York (2003); Reductive, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (2006); and 24/7, Sego Art Center, Provo, Utah (2009). Thompson is recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including a 2008 Utah Arts Council Grant, and teaches at Brigham Young University and Art Institute of Pittsburg-Online Division.
This exhibition is one of many at the CUAC that features highly acclaimed artists from around the United States and Utah. A review of our programming has recently been included in the highly influential international Flash Art magazine published in Milan, Italy. Artists who have shown at the CUAC over the last four years have been included in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial, collected by Charles Saatchi; they have been exhibited in the Getty Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Saatchi Gallery, major museums in Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Korea, and Spain; They have shown in Deitch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery, Freight and Volume Gallery, the Drawing Center, and many other important New York, Los Angeles, and international venues.