Kolby Rowland is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental film/video, drawing, sculpture, and sound. The thematic elements in his work revolve around guilt and renewal, forgiveness, and love. His work is concerned with personal and collective mythologies (situated knowledges), and their integration and positionality within contemporary American life. Rowland is particularly interested in exploring the relationships between heritage, branding, and pop culture, and how these discourses are articulated in mass-identity paradigms.
Rowland’s film and video work translates intimate, sometimes personal lore into approachable abstraction. Precisely varying camera modes and immersive sound design are of particular formal emphasis in his time-based work. Rowland explores how film can be organized as a sort of narrative constellation, in contrast with traditional linear methods of visual storytelling. He aspires to strategically contrast a third-person visual and aural stillness with a very emotionally involved first-person perspective. By combining genre tropes of documentary, noir, comedy, and experimental and linear narratives, Rowland works to enrich the film-historical foundation of his movies and to explore the significance of genre conventions in contemporary cinema.