Artist Spotlight

By Amy T. Granite

Whether he's assembling hundreds of aluminum cans for a sculpture, building motorcycles or "experimenting with randomness" in his paintings, designer/fabricator/artist Brandon Roth builds everything by hand.

"I don't know how I got on this track, exactly," says Roth. "The fact that I like to build things and do artsy things has been a good combination for me."

Roth's main gig is traveling around the country, working as a set designer with production companies whose clients include Pepsi and Playboy.

"We came up with a design and theme for Playboy's Midsummer Night's Dream party," he says. "There were big lily pads in the grotto, and all these vines going everywhere."

In May, Roth is participating in a group show at downtown's Canvas Gallery.

"Sometime People" will spotlight works in multiple mediums - sometimes occupying an ambiguous space between mediums, says curator Dan Allen.

"I'm about halfway done with a new piece," says Roth. "I'm really starting to focus more on layering the elements of my work. I'll take my sketches, reference photos, scour the Internet for ideas and collage those elements together into something more complex that tells a story."

5/10-6/7: "Sometime People"
Canvas Gallery
1150 Seventh Ave., Downtown
Opening reception May 10 from 6-11 p.m.

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