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Oral history interview with John Roloff, 2009 August 17-18

Interviewee:
Roloff, John S., 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah  Search this
Kaltenbach, Stephen J.  Search this
Melchert, Jim  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Fuller Goldeen Gallery  Search this
Gallery Paule Anglim  Search this
Gallery Reese Palley  Search this
George Lester Gallery (Rome, Italy)  Search this
Humboldt State University  Search this
Lance Fung Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis  Search this
University of Kentucky  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Roloff, 2009 August 17-18. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Ceramicists -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15703
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283563
AAA_collcode_roloff09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283563
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Oral history interview with John Roloff

Interviewee:
Roloff, John, 1947-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Fuller Goldeen Gallery  Search this
Gallery Paule Anglim  Search this
Gallery Reese Palley  Search this
George Lester Gallery (Rome, Italy)  Search this
Humboldt State University -- Students  Search this
Lance Fung Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis -- Students  Search this
University of Kentucky -- Faculty  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Beuys, Joseph  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-  Search this
Kaltenbach, Stephen J.  Search this
Melchert, Jim, 1930-  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Extent:
13 Items (Sound recording: 13 sound files (8 hr., 50 min.), digital, wav file)
155 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2009 August 17-18
Scope and Contents:
An interview of John Roloff conducted 2009 August 17-18, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Roloff's studio, in Oakland, California.
Roloff speaks primarily about the intersection of art and science; his desire to look at these disciplines from multiple perspectives in his work; the relationship between materials and their geological histories; his exploration and exposure of the physical processes associated with the making of art objects; Roloff talks at length about ceramics; the chemical properties of the clays and glazes; their connection to geological landscapes; and their transformation through the firing process; moreover, he discusses site specific works; the importance of location in giving context to a piece; as well as referencing a site through site based materials; furthermore, he expounds his theory of anthroturbation; discusses the parallels between man-made and natural structures; and ruminates about his work's visual engagement with ecological systems; Additionally, Roloff converses about several formative childhood experiences; how they shaped his later artistic interest and evolved into thematic elements in his work; studying marine geology at University of California-Davis; taking a ceramics class with Robert Arneson; becoming a dual art and science major; the spirit of experimentation at UC-Davis, which led to his early ceramic discoveries; pursuing graduate work at Humboldt University; teaching at the University of Kentucky-Lexington; developing his Exile and Rower series; showing his sculptures at Lester Gallery and Fuller Goldeen Gallery in California; his shift from studio work to landscape/installations; the development of his Ship and Kiln series; as well as his later photographic work; Roloff also recalls Stephen Kaltenbach, Deborah Butterfield, Peter Voulkos, Jim Melchert, Dennis Oppenheim, Joseph Beuys, Kenneth Baker, in addition to the following galleries: Lance Fang, Paule Anglim and Reese Paley.
Biographical / Historical:
John S. Roloff (1947- ) is a sculptor and ceramicist and lives and works in Oakland, California. Roloff also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 13 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hr., 50 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Art -- Technique  Search this
Ceramicists -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Science -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculptors -- California -- Oakland -- Interviews  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.roloff09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9f4887af7-aabd-4e00-8143-9c793cab7f34
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-roloff09
Online Media:

Ocean [cartographic material] : an illustrated atlas / Sylvia A. Earle and Linda K. Glover

Author:
Earle, Sylvia A. 1935-  Search this
Glover, Linda K  Search this
National Geographic Society (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 atlas (351 p.) : col. ill., col. maps ; 36 cm
Type:
Cartographic materials
Maps
Charts, diagrams, etc
Date:
2009
C2009
Topic:
Ocean  Search this
Oceanography  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Marine biology  Search this
Marine resources  Search this
Marine resources conservation  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_926415

Submarine geology

Author:
Emery, Kenneth O.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Year:
1953
Citation:
Emery, Kenneth O. 1953. "Submarine geology." Atoll Research Bulletin, 17 20–21.
Identifier:
109296
ISSN:
0077-5630
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:slasro_109296

Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program. Scientific results / prepared by the Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A & M University in cooperation with the National Science Foundation and Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc

Title:
Scientific results
Author:
Ocean Drilling Program  Search this
National Science Foundation (U.S.)  Search this
Joint Oceanographic Institutions Incorporated  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1985
1988-
Topic:
Submarine geology--Periodicals  Search this
Borings--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
QE39 .P9632
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_381200

Distribution of submarine cements in a modern Caribbean fringing reef, Galeta Point, Panama

Author:
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
Physical description:
p.503-516
Type:
Articles
Place:
Panama
Galeta Point
Date:
1977
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Cementation (Petrology)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393774

The Ocean basins : their structure and evolution / prepared by an Open University Course Team

Author:
Brown, Joan (Joan E.)  Search this
Open University Oceanography Course Team  Search this
Physical description:
171 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1989
1988
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Paleoceanography  Search this
Call number:
QE39.O23 1989X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_379268

Introduction to marine geology and geomorphology / Cuchlaine A.M. King

Author:
King, Cuchlaine A. M  Search this
King, Cuchlaine A. M Oceanography for geographers  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 309 pages : illustrations, charts, maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1975
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Ocean bottom  Search this
Call number:
QE39.K52
QE39.K56
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1057748

Bibliography of the marine environment : Caribbean / United Nations Environment Programme

Author:
United Nations Environment Programme  Search this
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  Search this
Physical description:
297 p.; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Caribbean Area
Date:
1988
Topic:
Oceanography--Bibliography  Search this
Marine biology--Bibliography  Search this
Submarine geology--Periodicals  Search this
Call number:
Z6004.P6 B5ca 1988
Z6004.P6B5ca 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_384588

Paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic implications on Mid-Cretaceous black shale formation in the Vocontian Basin and the Atlantic : evidence from calcareous nannofossils and stable isotopes / vorgelegt von Jens Olaf Herrle

Author:
Herrle, Jens Olaf  Search this
Physical description:
114,1 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Atlantic Ocean
Date:
2002
Cretaceous
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Shale  Search this
Paleoclimatology  Search this
Call number:
QE268 .H47 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_738873

The Eastern Pacific Ocean and Hawaii / edited by E.L. Winterer, Donald M. Hussong, Robert W. Decker

Author:
Winterer, Edward L  Search this
Hussong, Donald M  Search this
Decker, Robert W (Robert Wayne) 1927-  Search this
Subject:
Geological Society of America  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 563 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm + portfolio
Type:
Books
Place:
Hawaii
Date:
1989
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE350.4 .E13 1989
QE350.4.E13 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_382149

Evolution of modern Caribbean fringing reef, Galeta Point, Panama

Author:
Macintyre, Ian G  Search this
Glynn, Peter W. 1933-  Search this
Physical description:
p.1054-1072
Type:
Articles
Place:
Panama
Date:
1976
Topic:
Coral reefs and islands  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_393225

200,000,000 years beneath the sea

Author:
Briggs, Peter  Search this
Subject:
Glomar Challenger (Ship)  Search this
Deep Sea Drilling Project  Search this
Physical description:
228 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
[1971]
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Call number:
QE39 .B85
QE39.B85
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_8973

The origin of submarine canyons; a critical review of hypotheses

Author:
Johnson, Douglas Wilson 1878-1944  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 126 p. illus., maps. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
1967 [c1939]
Topic:
Submarine valleys  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Call number:
GC83 .J66 1967
GC83.J66 1967
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_9175

The ocean basins and margins, edited by Alan E. M. Nairn and Francis G. Stehli

Author:
Nairn, A. E. M  Search this
Stehli, Francis Greenough  Search this
Physical description:
v. : illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1973-]
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Continental margins  Search this
Call number:
QE39 .N27X
QE39.N27X
QE39.N27
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_88071

Hachijōjima hokutōhō kaitei chishitsuzu [cartographic material] / Yuasa Makoto kaitei chishitsuzu sakusei = Geological map of the northeast of Hachijōjima / interpretation and compilation by Makoto Yuasa

Title:
Geological map of the northeast of Hachijōjima
Author:
Yuasa, Makoto  Search this
Chishitsu Chōsajo (Japan)  Search this
Physical description:
1 map : col. ; 65 x 43 cm., on sheet 109 x 78 cm. folded in envelope 31 x 22 cm
Type:
Cartographic materials
Maps
Place:
Japan
Hachijō Island Region
Pacific Coast
Date:
1985
C1985
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Gravity anomalies  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_731726

Géologie des marges continentales = Geology of continental margins : colloque C 3 / 26e Congrès Géologique International, Paris 1980

Title:
Geology of continental margins
Colloque C3
Author:
International Geological Congress (26th : 1980 : Paris, France)  Search this
Physical description:
294 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1981
Topic:
Continental margins  Search this
Submarine geology  Search this
Plate tectonics  Search this
Call number:
QE39 .G34 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_490987

Marine geological surveying and sampling / edited by E.A. Hailwood and R.B. Kidd

Author:
Hailwood, E. A  Search this
Kidd, R. B  Search this
Geological Society of London Marine Studies Group  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 168 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Congresses
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Geological surveys  Search this
Sampling  Search this
Call number:
QE39.M294 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_415449

United Kingdom offshore regional report : the geology of the Moray Firth / IJ Andrews...[et al] ; British Geological Survey

Author:
Andrews, I. J  Search this
British Geological Survey  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
North Sea
Scotland
Moray Firth
Date:
1990
Topic:
Submarine geology  Search this
Geology  Search this
Call number:
QE264 .U58 1990
QE264.U58 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_411210

Deep Sea Drilling Project index and reference files [electronic resource] / JOI ODP

Author:
Deep Sea Drilling Project  Search this
Scripps Institution of Oceanography  Search this
Ocean Drilling Program  Search this
National Geophysical Data Center  Search this
Ocean Drilling Program (U.S.)  Search this
Joint Oceanographic Institutions Incorporated  Search this
National Science Foundation (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
1 computer laser optical disk ; 4 3/4 in. + installation guide (13 p. ; 12 x 12 cm) in container 13 x 15 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Date:
1991
[1991]
Topic:
Submarine geology--Indexes  Search this
Call number:
mrdf 22
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_412849

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