Text by Katherine Ware
220 × 220 mm
ISBN Not available
Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick offers an extraordinary look into the creative process of one of photography’s most interesting artists and features selections from his several bodies of work, from the early black-and-white images in Liquid City and sub rosa to the multiple, toned images of Arena and Faithless Grottoes. This is a catalogue of images included in the exhibition Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick held at the Deborah Colton Gallery in 2010. The exhibition was timed to coincide with the Houston-based FotoFest, founded in 1983 as the first international biennial of photography and photo-based art in the United States.
‘We’ve walked on the moon, our species. We’ve filmed luminescent sea creatures in the ocean deep, peered into active volcanoes, and studied Antarctica before it melted away. But the human mind continues to be one of the most uncharted frontiers of all. From his beginnings as a photographer, Frank Rodick has consistently explored this terrain, breaching the crenellations of the cerebral cortex to probe the limbic system, where our animal selves hunker. A medium recognised for its excellence in recording surfaces, photography is a challenging tool for plumbing the recesses of the brain. However, because it so easily creates a mirror world, a place parallel to our own, photography is also adroit at recontextualising recognisable subjects to create new meanings. Rodick exploits this paradox and, as his career progresses, continues to use techniques that sever images from conventional interpretation, pushing viewers to engage with them in a less straightforward manner.’
– Katherine Ware, curator and art historian, from Labyrinth of Desire: Work by Frank Rodick.
About the Artist
Frank Rodick is a Canadian photographer, based in Toronto. He began his photographic career doing black-and-white street photography, which developed into the series Liquid City (1991–1999).
About the Publisher
Deborah Colton Gallery is founded on being an innovative showcase for the ongoing presentation and promotion of strong historical and visionary Contemporary artists worldwide, whose diverse practices include painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance and conceptual, and future media installations. The gallery aspires to provide a forum through connecting Texas, national, and international artists to make positive change.