August 1st - 31st, 2013
Dolly Was Cloned From A Mammary Gland (I will always love you) Ed Roth
Opening Reception – August 8th, 2013 6 to 9pm
Roth’s current work explores themes of cloning, duality, cognitive thought, and alteration.
Long fascinated and horrified with the story of "Dolly" the first cloned sheep, Ed Roth's work represents this idea of a "new" creation copied from the original. Cloning, copying, duplicating, reusing and mimicking, recycling and appropriating. From the use of old vintage tarps and left over paint, from icon to icon, old materials and new, long outdated rules of conformity and well worn clichés, to yet another set of blindly followed societal rules.....this work uses images of the cloned sheep to mirror the ways in which we follow.
Is there any more original?
Or simply, on a utilitarian level is the clone - the stencil - a necessity?
“If Martha Stewart and Banksy had a love child, it would be Stencil1.”
— Brain Pickings
Stencil1 is a street art-inspired brand founded in 2004 by artist, painter, graphic
designer and DIY enthusiast Ed Roth. In the 1990s, Ed created art while operating and curating the Williamsburg gallery Who Do We Appreciate, showcasing affordable art and giving soon-to-be well-known artists, like Dalek and Mike Giant, a place to be seen. Ed’s affinity for street art and stencils grew while running the gallery. “It exposed me to a lot of street art,” he says, referring to his graffiti-inspired style.
Ed also worked as a graphic designer for ad agencies and TV networks, honing his digital media and packaging skills, and got an inside view of running a business. He realized he could apply all these skills to his passion for stencils. So Ed set out to make his vision a reality, creating the first Stencil1 stencils and selling them on his website, Stencil1.com. What started in the ’90s as a hobby grew into a grassroots business.
Stencil1 has become more than just a stencil company — it’s a cutting-edge design brand. Stencil1 has collaborated on DIY events with high-profile brands, like The Gap, Converse, Sharpie, and Etsy, to engage their customers and grow their base through interactive, creative, hands-on experience. Ed is an engaging host who knows his stuff and is equally comfortable in front of a crowd and a camera.
Ed continues a long-term partnership with Benjamin Moore and has created large-scale, custom stencil installations at chic New York hotels, like the Ace Hotel in Manhattan and Z Hotel in Long Island City, where he has applied his stencil skills to 99 rooms by hand.
Ed lives in Brooklyn, New York with his dog Larry where he designs products for Stencil1, creates custom installations, and curates DIY events.