MARK RODDA . EXHIBITIONS AT STOCKROOM
09 June - 08 July 2018
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Melbourne-based artist Mark Rodda creates both abstract and figurative paintings. This work often features combinations of both painterly and geometric forms, and more recently incorporating thick impasto paint to form shallow 3D/relief elements within the composition. Rodda’s figurative paintings usually take the form of romantic or magical landscapes – fabricated worlds, often uninhabited, sometimes stages for interactions between people, animals, or enchanted entities.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral explores the classic role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, its layered narratives and the moral choices and personalities of the many characters within it. Examining the grand scheme of his exhibition experience and oeuvre, Rodda sees himself in this context more as an actor, or the director of a movie, as opposed to someone who is exposing their true soul. Some of his exhibitions are clean and neat, some are brash, some subtle. ‘Chaotic neutral’ is the theme for this group of paintings in which Rodda has decided that "WHIM IS KING” whilst using 'neutrality' to signify that he doesn’t have, and has never had, any inclination to teach any moral, social, scientific, or philosophical lessons to the viewer.