Gateway Arts Artist Roger Swike’s artwork is currently being displayed in the group exhibit entitled Mapping Fictions at the Good Luck Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. The exhibition runs from July 9 through August 27. The collective show is being curated by Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz, founders of Disparate Minds, a project that focuses on the work of self-taught contemporary artists. For Mapping Fiction, the curators’ aim was to promote awareness about artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their artwork in the context of the current art world. Four artists who all incorporate text within their work in diverse ways were selected for the exhibit.
“Tim visited Gateway Arts after finding us online. He chose Roger to be in this exhibition, which includes three other artists from studio art centers similar to Gateway Arts. The other art centers are in California. Tim asked us to send examples of Roger’s work, which were made as folders containing a number of drawings. Tim later came and looked at the original work and chose what he wanted for the show. The show was conceived with these four artists in mind,” states Gateway Arts Artistic Director Stephen De Fronzo.
In addition to the exhibit, Roger and his work were featured on the Disparate Minds’ website. “Roger Swike is an exceptionally prolific artist who works rapidly on many pieces simultaneously; much like Melvin Way, his drawing process channels an immediate and intuitive stream of information, yet is also executed with deliberation and great intention. Swike will often revisit drawings created at different times and deliberately organize them into various color-coded folders; the resulting works are an assertive, endearing proposition about what an art object can be,” writes Andreana and Tim.
“Tim is very interested in Roger’s work,” says Stephen. Indeed, this is not the first time Roger’s work has been featured on the website.
Roger is excited that his work was selected to be shown in Los Angeles and Gateway Arts is proud of his latest exhibition. To show their support, Gateway Arts’ Facilitator Erica Sutherland and Pottery Studio Supervisor River Cortes both visited the exhibit while on vacation in Los Angeles.