May 11 to July 1, 2023
Anglim Trimble Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Gallery Anglim/Trimble / John Roloff

Top Row: Left to Right:

Meta-site Flags: Vascular Facies / Vector Ships, Witness prints
Deluge (Radient Sleep/Helium Ash)
video, Untitled (Meta-sediment Study) / View to Vector Ships space

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

Expanded Ceramics Concepts, San Francisco Wharf Complex Studies / Western Cordillera Terranes, Sediment Ship (Internal Wake/Migration Study)
Meta-site Flags: Vascular Facies (detail) / San Francisco Wharf Complex Studies

Artist Walkthrough Video:

Sentient Terrains

Reviews / Adds:

DeWitt Chang, John Roloff, Visual Art Source

Renny Pritikin, John Roloff@Anglim/Trimble, Square

John Roloff: Sentient Terrains,,, Ceramics

Anglim/Trimble Sentient Terrains, Artforum artguide


Sentient Terrains presents a series of new ceramic projects, assemblages, and related site studies. The ceramic works as ship/vector objects investigate metabolism, climate, and transmutation and are a continuation of the Land/Sea series shown in the gallery in2019. Site studies and assemblages in the form of proposals, video, and diagrammatic expressions examine holistic and systemic definitions of ceramics related to specific places, materials, and geologic time. Flags exploring metabolism, transmutation, and correlations between living and non-living systems are suspended from the walls and activate the gallery with subtle movement. Two large-scale photographic images of Medieval/Anthropocene characters anchor the space as witnesses.

For the past 50 years, John’s work has been fundamentally about ecology in an expanded frame. His understanding of land, sea, and atmosphere engages interrelated cycles of natural and man-made materials and processes. This world view, originating in studies of the earth sciences, was developed through the practice of ceramics, installations, and conceptual proposals. His practice embodies material and conceptual transmutation as a symbiotic merging of physical matter and living systems across geologic time as an emergent paradigm he defines as global metabolism.

John’s practice embraces an integration of ecology, ontology, self-organizing systems, energy flow, and aesthetics with expanded ceramics as protagonist, engaging narratives that seek to transcend the dichotomy of the living and non-living. The retrospective exhibition, The Sea Within the Land, of 2019 surveyed John’s decades-long investigation of geologic time, sites, and other natural phenomena.

Installation Concepts: 1275 Minnesota St. Atrium

Selected/Recent Projects

ShearZone / 50+ Years of Ceramic Practice