I first met local artist Roland Graves by way of attending the same middle school many years ago and it wasn’t until recently that his artwork really caught my eye. Almost to the point of asking, wait, when did Roland start doing that kind of thing? It never fails to amaze me that after all these years living in Albany, the people that I’ve met and come to know are still able to pleasantly surprise me and impress me. Thank you for that, genuinely.
Roland works with mixed mediums and creates multidimensional collages that are captivating, occasionally grim in subject matter and a curious visual display of how his thought process works. Collages, by nature, can have a haphazard quality to them, but it is clear that Roland’s careful composition, planning and philosophical touch (often in titling or captioning works) helps his work come together smoothly and it’s hard to tell what was planned and what was a happy accident.
Needless to say, I have found myself really enjoying his work the past couple months and wanting to find out more about what he’s been up to from the source himself. Thank you again to Roland for taking the time for this interview. Hit the jump to see more of Roland’s work and to check out our full Q+A.
You can next see Roland’s work displayed and available for sale this Friday, December 6th at Fuzz Records on Lark Street, in conjunction with December’s First Friday.