On Thursday May 5th, Australian artist Rod Luff opened his solo exhibition the “MoleSkine Project” at the newly opened Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA, the latest endeavor by Ken Harman, who brought art fans the “Bad Dads” and “Quentin VS Coen” group shows. The new gallery has some great things in store for the next year, and this new show from Rod Luff was a great way to kick it off. I stopped by the gallery to check out the work in person, take some photos and video, and was even able to talk to Rod a bit about his working process and inspirations. We have an exclusive video that will hopefully give fans a better idea of what the show looks like in person. Hit the “read more” link to the video, images, and full review.
Spoke Art Gallery is located in a nice area in San Francisco. The gallery gets lots of light via the windows from the front, and also has gallery lighting set up. From the street you are clearly able to see the smaller drawings from Rod Luff hanging in the windows, and once you walk in you are able to fully see how many drawings there are. The one in the window are hanging via a binder clip and various lengths of string. It’s a good looking effect and allows you to move around and see whats on the back of each drawing as well. The drawings along the wall are framed in a way so that if there is a drawing on the back of the page, it shows through in a window on the back of the frame.
I really loved the variety of mediums Rod had in this sketchbook, and the different feels. A few of the drawings were simply made with graphite, but had the most delicate and elegant quality to them. Then there were oil sketches, after the paper was primed first with a Golden GAC Polymer. This allowed Rod to paint on the paper without warping, or putting too much stress on the paper. The colors were vibrant, and the brush strokes, scumbling, and dry brushing effects the works had was enough to keep you locked into each work.
Rod was also very easy to talk to, and was open to talking about his inspirations and methods of working. I will hopefully have a full blown interview with the artist soon, as there are some more questions I would love to ask. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be seeing more and more of this artist around. His work is that good, and his imagination and drive to create will take him ever higher. The show will be up at Spoke Art until May 28th, so if you can make sure you stop by and see the work in person.