Rosten Woo

Rosten WooArtist’s Statement

I am interested in the ways that places and communities are represented, and I craft my work to disarm common perceptions (whether those perceptions come from pop culture, or statistical modeling software). I work to expand the visual means for representing the social and physical world. I use some of the language of didactic display (the natural history museum, the organizational chart, the documentary photograph) but try to make the assumptions of those conventions visible. My work is collaborative and process-oriented. It is abstract, but also warm and inviting. I use quantitative and computational methods to arrive at forms but I also try to call those methods into question and highlight their inadequacy. I frequently work in extended dialog with specific communities (as defined by geography or common interest (for instance, a tenant organizing group, members of a worker’s center, or a car club). My ultimate goal is to re-orient people to the places they live.



Select Group Exhibitions

Under the SunX-TRA , magazine project commission, Los Angeles
Machine Project Field Guide to L.A., Los Angeles

Machine Project Residency, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

The Last Newspaper,
The New Museum, New York, NY

Design Triennial,
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York NY

Select Fellowships and Awards

Public Art Network,
Year in Review, best public ar t projects Award

American Planning Association,
Award of Excellence
National Endowment for the Arts,
OurTown Grant

Seed Fund, Grant
Headlands Residency

Select Community-based Artwork

Haystacks Harvard,
University Library Innovation Lab

Willowbrook is/es…, Willowbrook, CA, Los Angeles County Ar ts Commission
Picture Takers/Photogram
(with Michael Parker and Alyse Emdur), LAPD Technical Laborator y, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Blocks and Lots
(with Gilda Hass), Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, Los Angeles, CA

Envisioning Development
(with the Center for Urban Pedagogy), New York, NY