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PAUL ROORDA

Canada 1964

Using clocks, music boxes, barometers, and weather recording devices, the kinetic sculptures Paul Roorda creates are at once playful and disturbing. Distorting nostalgia by transforming and combining found objects, he creates slow moving sculptures where water drips or mechanical devices gradually unwind to create a sense of anticipation and apprehension. By adding the element of time to his art, he explores a sense of urgency about climate change. At the same time it examines a complacency about a global disaster that is experienced so gradually it is difficult to perceive. While some of his art satisfies a short attention span by offering immediate kinetic response, other works test the viewer’s patience with events that take days or weeks to occur, if anything happens at all.



Paul Roorda at glogauair.net:
OPEN STUDIOS November 2012

More at paulroorda.com


Paul Roorda: Magic Song Restorer, 2014

Magic Song Restorer, 2014
Antique miner's canary cage, mechanical bird, mining first aid kit, clock wires, bell and canary food tin.

Paul Roorda: Two Truths About the Sky, 2014

Two Truths About the Sky, 2014
Hygrothermographs, vintage glass and mirror, altered photo/chart, ink, and paper boat.


Paul Roorda: Between Sea and Sky, 2014

Between Sea and Sky, 2014
Vintage weather recording devices, glass domes, string, altered photos, and paper boats.



Vita

Education

Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia (Part time 1997-1998)
Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, M.A. in Sociology (1992)
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, B.Ed. (1990)
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, B.A. in Psychology (1988)

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Waiting for the Sea, Waiting for the Sky kunstraumno.10, Mönchengladbach, Germany (catalogue)

2015 Night Gold Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2014 Canary in the Coal Mine Hilsbach Kunst Kultur, Hilsbach, Germany
Icon and Artifact Doug Adams Gallery, Berkeley, California

2013 Rising Time Robert Kananaj Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Rites and Remedies Dadian Art Gallery, Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

2012 Flood and Fiction Durham Public Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario
Days of Rain abandoned Lamlash Church, Hanover, Ontario
Spiritual Explorations Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby, Ontario (two person exhibition)

2011 Take Notice Convenience Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Les Page" Gesù – Centre de Créativité, Montreal, Quebec
Take Notice Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario (catalogue)
Slate Requiem Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010 Communion of the Faint: Confessions and Complications Redeemer University Art Gallery, Ancaster, Ontario

2009 The Skeptic's Gospel and Other Remedies for Truth Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

2008 Rhythm of Fire Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener
Returnings Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Where the Pages Once Were Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, Ontario
Hindsight Tunnel Vision The World's Smallest Art Gallery, Elora, Ontario

2007 A Dose of Uncertainty for Times of Truth Robert Langen Art Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
Congregation of the Ambivalent Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario

2006 Rustwork: New Encaustic Drawings Galerie Luz, Montreal, Quebec
Encaustic Drawings: Earth, Ashes, Rust Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario

2005 What They Didn't Tell Me Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ont.
Foundations The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, Ontario
Everything I Thought I Knew Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario

2004 Urban Landscapes SunLife Financial Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario
Wallscapes Princess Cinema, Waterloo, Ontario

2003 Wallscapes Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener, Ontario
Sunday Stories KOR Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
Ritual in Time Renison College, University of Waterloo, Ontario

Recent Group Exhibitions

2016 Transformations: An Exhibition of Altered Books Helson Gallery, Halton Hills, Ontario

2015 Unfolding Gordon College, Orvieto, Italy

2014 Tricity Stopgap Pop-up Exhibition Waterloo, Ontario
Painting Spirituality: Nature, Abstraction, Embodiment Regis College, Toronto (catalogue)
Dadian@25, Dadian Gallery, Washington DC, (catalogue)
Occam's Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto
Occam's Razor: Art, Science and Aesthetics Ideas Gallery, Toronto Science Centre, Toronto

2012 GlogauAIR Open Studio Exhibition Berlin, Germany
Open Book: An Exploration of Books as Art Whitestone Gallery, Guelph, Ontario

2011 Pharmakon SLSA Conference Art Exhibition, Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario
Blake Prize Finalist Exhibition Blake Prize for Religious Art, Darlinghurst, Australia
Best Of 2010 Award Winner Exhibition Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, First Canadian Place, Toronto, Ontario

2009 Rust, Oil and Rainbows Critical Media Lab, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario
Blake Prize Director's Cut Blake Prize for Religious Art, Australia

2008 Asking Questions Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario (catalogue)
Till We Have Faces Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, Ontario

2007 Text Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario
Curses and Dry Spells Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Fire, Air, Water, Earth Ontario Society of Artists 133rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto
Convergence: 44th Annual Juried Exhibition Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Members 11 Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario
Made to Measure: 26th Annual Juried Art Show Arts Etobicoke, Toronto, Ontario

Residencies

2015 GlogauAIR Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany

2012 GlogauAIR Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany

2007 City of Kitchener Artist in Residence, Kitchener, Ontario

Recent Awards and Grants

2016 K.M. Hunter Artist Award finalist, 2016
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2015 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant
Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant, Mid-Career

2013 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant

2012 Best of Mixed Media Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Mid-Career Visual Artist Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

2011 Blake Prize Finalist, Sydney Australia

2010 Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant
Founding Chairman’s Award, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

2009 Ontario Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant, Emerging Artist
Award of Merit, Ontario Society of Artists 135th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Toronto
Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant