ROAM PROJECTS
In Tension, an installation by Jonathan Brilliant
In October 2012, ROAM Projects brought Jonathan Brilliant to Birmingham to create a site-specific installation in an abandoned pharmacy downtown. Over the course of eight days, Brilliant transformed the space with new site works and recent works on paper. The show will be open to the public in the old MedTown Pharmacy until October 27th.

The central piece in the show, The Birmingham Piece, 2012, contains 60,000 wooden coffee stir sticks woven in place and held by tension, 6,000 coffee cup sleeves stacked one inside of another and tensioned with cable, iced coffee straws liberated from local coffee shops, braided aluminum cable and ferrules.

Check out images of the show under the Artist section and watch an installation video HERE




"interference from indirect information" by James Marshall aka DALEK
June 1 - August 20, 2011
ARTLAB/The Visual Arts Gallery, UAB
Birmingham, Alabama

By Monique Jones, MagicCityPost.com

One of UAB’s most engrossing art exhibits comes from a pop/street artist.

James Marshall, a k a Dalek, created several oversize geometric paintings for an untitled exhibition showing through Aug. 20 at UAB’s ArtLab.

The four 26- by 8-foot paintings create an encompassing feeling for the viewer, said Brett Levine, director of ArtLab (formerly the UAB Visual Arts Gallery). One of the gallery walls was painted black.

“(Marshall) wanted to examine the idea of how a black wall of the gallery would interact with some of the black in the paintings,” Levine said.

The overall effect of the installation is unique among the many installations the gallery has had. “He paints so large and creates a space that is so interestingly put together that he creates an environment,” Levine said. “Most of the crowd (at the opening event) were overwhelmed by the complexity of the pieces.”

Levine says the 43-year-old artist, who was in residence for a week at the gallery working 15 hours at stretch, brought a focus to his art from which art students and other artists can learn. “The most important thing I hope people take away is his commitment to art and to the practice,” he said. “The intensity with which he works is inspirational.”

The art installation isn’t the end of Marshall’s artistic stamp on Birmingham. Marshall will return from his home in Raleigh to work on a public art project from a partnership with Mayor William Bell and the City of Birmingham; Levine said that while most of it is going to be left as a secret, it will be big.

What will also be big is the Aug. 20 closing event for Marshall’s show with a mystery guest.

Here's what they're saying about the show:

At the Galleries

James Marshall (aka Dalek) @ Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery (UAB)

Artist Dalek to create enormous works at UAB, art project for city



October 2010: Jonathan Michael Hicks: Kill Dat Stereotype
October 22 - December 4
Second Row Studio
212 24th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Opening Reception:October 22 6-9pm

Roam Projects, in conjunction with beta pictoris gallery, is pleased to announce our next show, Jonathan Michael Hicks: Kill Dat Stereotype, opening Friday, October 22 from 6-9pm at Second Row Studio in downtown Birmingham. The San Francisco-based artist explores the personal relationship between race, identity and segregation vernacular. The artist creates self-portraits that examines artistic vision vs. communication, as well as the relation between personal emotions and a multicultural society.

Hicks is a recent graduate of UAB with a BA in Studio Art - Photography and is currently pursuing his MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. He was recently included in the 3rd installment of the Birmingham Biennial and the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, UAB Visual Arts Gallery. Following his show with Roam Projects, Hicks will be included in Prospect 1.5 New Orleans, a fifteen-week program of exhibitions, symposiums, and public events taking place November, 6, 2010 through February 19, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.

Review of "Kill Dat Stereotype" by Contemporary Visual Culture.




May 2010: "a little divided"
Roam Projects was proud to present
a little divided: new work by Deb Karpman
Fall 2009 Shows
Roam Projects is pleased to announce two solo shows for late 2009. Each show will take place at Second Row Studio in downtown Birmingham.

No Additives or Preservatives: New Works by Jason Wallis
October 2 -- October 24, 2009
2nd Row Studio
212 24th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Opening Night Reception: Friday, October 2nd, 6-9pm

Southern Belles and Childhood Tales: New Works by John Westmark
November 6 -- November 28, 2009
2nd Row Studio
212 24th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Opening Night Reception: Friday, November 6th, 6-9pm

Click here for the review of John Westmark's show

Congrats to John Westmark on his selection in New American Paintings #88, as well as the 15th Anniversary Special Edition.

NeverThirst Art Opening
Roam Projects curated the NeverThirst Art Opening at Second Row Studio, May 21, 2009. The show featured photography highlighting the people of northern India. The works focused on the zeal for life in India that so many possess in the face of crushing hardships. Proceeds from the sales of work go to NeverThirst, a non-profit that drills water wells in third world countries.