Jim Roche is a visual artist from Brooklyn, New York, currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He attended the School of the Worcester Art Museum and Clark University where he earned his undergraduate fine arts degree in painting and sculpture.
For a number of years he worked as a printmaker and his works are found in numerous private and corporate collections. He was represented by Orion Editions. His latest solo shows were at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and with OnoEditions, a print group he founded in Vancouver, British Columbia.
My artistic influences include the Boston School of the 1980s, artists like Katherine Porter, Robert Cronin, Todd McKie, as well as Elizabeth Murray, Jules Olitski (whose studio was across the street from my loft), Gene Davis, Anthony Caro, Bruce Nauman, Larry Smith, Tony Smith, Richard Tuttle, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Mark di Suvero, Isaac Witkin, Robert Morris and a few others. both conceptual artists as well as color field and lyrical painters. I like to keep this list around and look it over from time to time. Color field painting was most influential. Many of my current photos are influenced by these ascetics. When I take out my list of influential artists the names remind me of particular lines, spatial arrangements and the life found in a lyrical mark or considered surface.
Important photographers: Martin Parr, Alex Soth, Robert Adams and a few others guide my camera. Robert Adams most of all. Writers include Yi Fu Tuan, John Brickerhoff Jackson, and others in the field of human geography. Most of my work focuses on issues of people relating to the landscape, including structures they build, gardens they tend and recently, how they vacation and relate to the countryside and "wilderness."
About the Series
Open House is a series of photos of remains and detritus from the lives of individuals whose houses are for sale. It is a series that explores how the sense of loss and discontinuity can be found in even the simplest of household items, a photo on a wall, a tv no longer functioning or a groups of chairs once used to seat a multigenerational family now scattered.
Dwellings are photos of homes taken in the US Northwest and British Columbia. These homes are often overly groomed, organized to an extreme, or perhaps just the opposite. They reflect those who live within, yet sometimes don't seem to possibly relate to any real person at all. I often try to imagine dinner in one of these homes, or their livingroom.
In Public Gardens | Private Yards Included in this series are public gardens and walkways which are often models for individuals - this is what a yard or garden should look like. Private Gardens looks at those personal attempts at organizing and relating to the natural world. These efforts often miss the mark. People trying to control their environment, fit in, be part of the neighborhood and be a good neighbour, much of the time only to end up doing quite the opposite. These two series are influenced by readings in human geography and the understanding of cultures and human intercourse through the vernacular and common place rather than the spectacular, astounding, breathtaking or dazzling experience of nature so common in the history of photography.
Out of Town is a recent series from a trip starting at the Pacific ocean near LA into central California, Nevada, Utah, Montana and Idaho. Odd and difficult to understand landscapes often contain man-made structures that, over time, start to take on the nature of the landscape around them. Old signs rot, fade, and behave in much the same way a dying joshua tree would, naturally fading into the landscape. Figures at a Dairy Queen become desert objects, just like plants and trees in the desert, properly placed, with enough distance to ensure their own integrity. Again, their survival depends upon being both part of the landscape and keeping their distance, ensuring their own sense of self. These are basically photos of "what is already there," as Barthes would put it, they are preoccupations.
India shares a series of images from several recents trips that includes few of the expected sights and more of those that are hidden under a patina of time. This is the newest series and is growing with a third trip to India this fall.
My work can also be found on Tumblr at jimroche.tumblr.com. There I often put up test shots taken with my iPhone, sometimes photos that interest me by other artists and whenever I run across a good video of an artist talk or interview, I post it there.
Works are available in limited editions of three to five. Sizes depend upon the individual work ranging from 10x15 to 20x30 inches. Please contact me directly about prints.