Current and Past Exhibitions and Events

this is a picture of ~ Carin Rodenborn

Exhibition Dates: 10 September–31 October 2015

Artist Reception: Friday, 25 September 2015, 6–9 pm


(this is a picture of) your dad, Carin Rodenborn 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.


(this is a picture of) a state of mind not the name of texas, Carin Rodenborn 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.


(this is a picture of) totally saturated nourishment, Carin Rodenborn, 2015. Photo by Wes Maygar.

About the Work

this is a picture of is an exhibition of acrylic paintings on linen by Carin Rodenborn.

Of: a preposition used to show belonging, relating, or a state of connection with or to. Of what is it a picture? Carin Rodenborn explores the reach of picturing's subject, and what's just beyond reach.

Curious about formal and metaphorical connections and convergences, Rodenborn experiments with how form and metaphor play on each other through color, shape, space and a consideration of edges. Her work has always been rooted in painting, yet when immersed in the process, she is often more involved with the object of a painting than she is the image. In this way, a material sensitivity transcends meaning.

In this body of work, as in much of her work, the crossroads of geometric and expressive qualities of abstraction together embody both vulnerability and a sense of strength.

Artist Statement

I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

—Italo Calvino from Six Memos for the Next Millennium


Like Calvino, I am looking for ways to suggest lightness. I am curious about formal and metaphorical connections and convergences, and how form and metaphor play on each other through color, shape, space and a consideration of edges. Lightness is found both in this playful banter and in a material lightness of touch.

My approach is an exploration of spaciousness through an inquisitive experimentation with materials. I work with both traditional and non-traditional materials in a painting and drawing practice that often looks a lot like sculpture. My work has always been rooted in painting, yet, when immersed in the process, I am more often involved with the object of a painting than I am the image.

There is a sense of wonder in the search for and the study of the poetics of painting and drawing that makes for a joyful, if not sometimes awkward, pursuit. For me, both the joy and awkwardness present in this pursuit meet at the crossroads of geometric and expressive qualities of abstraction that together embody both vulnerability and a sense of strength.

About the Artist

Carin Rodenborn is a visual artist and writer of creative nonfiction. Both her visual work and writing often explore hybrid forms. She is an Iowa native, and now makes her home in Denver. She received her BFA from Iowa State University and her MFA from Rutgers University. Her visual work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and she is co-founder and editor of Dime and Honey, an online publication that looks at and celebrates the intersection of art and life.

Additional images available upon request.

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