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Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic at the Ogden

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Last summer, I was lucky enough to see the Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic exhibit at the Ogden. Jim Roche retired as Professor of Art at Florida State in 2011. His works have been included at the Whitney, the Venice Biennale, and Paris Biennale, and has been reviewed by Art Forum, Time, the NYT, and The New Yorker.

This is his 'Loch Ness Mama Playing'
Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Via Daily Serving: “The Lochness was something I had thought about for a long time. I guess I saw myself as this creature that no one new about. But I knew I existed.”

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

His Dr. Curve motorcycle legend cartography:
Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

This series was described as "inspired equally by W.C. Rice's Cross Garden (a self-taught environment in Prattville, Alabama), the vernacular cross memorials found throughout the back roads of the South, and what Roche describes as "those fire-and-brimstone preachers on the low-watt radio stations."
Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

I have a set of images from several visits to W.C. Rice's Cross Garden here on Flickr.

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

In this same vein, Jim Roche actually had a part in Silence of the Lambs -- he was the televangelist broadcasting on the television outside Hannibal Lecter's cell. The full performance is here:



Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

From his series, 'Some Americans Feel Like This':
Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Jim Roche : Cultural Mechanic Exhibit at the Ogden

Gambit has it:
There's a distinctly ad hoc, gonzo, radical outsider vibe going on in this big retrospective going back to the 1960s, an era that permeates much of his oeuvre.

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Most looking forward to at the Ogden: the Maude Schuyler Clay exhibit that opens October 1, 2016.

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