Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present Roy Kinzer: urban self-similarity, on view April 2 through May 9, 2009. In his second solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist continues to explore self-similar patterns occurring in nature in his urban aerial landscapes. Kinzer focuses on the repetition of shapes and structures across different scales, and creates his own random fractal patterns by integrating collaged road maps with satellite-derived imagery. In his most recent work, he has dialed up the intensity and the intricacy of his compositions. Kinzer sees himself as a modern day Hudson River School painter, “using perspective, magnified scale and dramatic lighting to explore the sublime—the feeling of rapture and awe caused by the beauty and terror of nature.”
Void of inhabitants, the work invokes isolation. Kinzer adds elements of fantasy and exaggeration by disrupting the original image with scratches, scrape marks, and bleached-out light. These gestures visually tear into the repetitive fabric of the cityscape, eating into the surface like atmospheric disturbances. The artist then adds layers of filigreed collaged road maps. The final painting is encased in multiple layers of mediums and varnish, creating a smooth, flat surface.
Kinzer received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and the Curator’s Choice Award from the Albright-Knox Collector’s gallery. His solo exhibitions include the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; and the J. Rosenthal Gallery, Chicago, IL. Selected group exhibitions include the Red Dot Art Fair in New York, Miami Beach, and London; Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY; Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ; and Rutgers University. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Sunday Star Ledger, and The Village Voice. Kinzer received his M.F.A. from Vermont College.