Rodewald's incredible skill is immediately apparent in these paintings. These images emerge in the artist's imagination, with no employment of reference photographs or still life set-ups. Large scale paintings boldly face the viewer, allowing one to appreciate the image from a distance. The sophisticated detail calls the viewer in to take a closer look. At this intimate distance, the image begins to dissole into pure compositional elements, allowing he viewer to become absorbed into another level of the painting.
Dream/Electric Sky Series
The works in Rodewald's Dream Series stem from his formal training in classical realism painting. The imagery is inspired from looking out of airplaine windows This lofty perspective presents a viewpoint that stretches out the vastness of the sky or gazes downward and liminates the sense of being grounded. Floating vanage points invite the viewer to enter into the dream-like image. Rodewald then purposefully includes abstract color elements that serve to break the illlusion. A tension builds within the viewer. oscillating between the alluring vision and the bold abstractions that challenge the dream.
The unique beauty of this work changes with its surroundings. Subtle translucency reflects differences in light, space and time.
Rodewald’s glass paintings also offer a duality of surface. The work changes when viewed from different sides. There is something new to notice and enjoy with every visit to these sculptural paintings.
Rodewald creates fascinating juxtapositions of imagery and character by painting his finely rendered paintings with the raw surface of metal. These works speak to a balance of contol and instinct. A metal surface serves as a memory bank of experience: it shows the effects of time and environment through coloration, markings, and texture. Rodewald responds to this natural process, and he answers with his own vocabulary of markings and textures through paint. The combination of surfaces achieves a result that is both delicate and bold.
Plexiglass on Canvas
Rodewald’s plexiglass over canvas series presents a dynamic composition filled with striking color palettes and bold textures. This duality of surfaces offers a unique and facinating balance. Subtle translucency reflects daring differences in light, bringing the painting to life and allowing the viewer to become absorbed into yet another level of this fascinating work.