An Artists Collaboration – Steamroller Labs
Steamroller Labs began as friendship between a world traveling photographer and an established 3-D artist. After years of working separately in their own mediums, Rachel Cheetham-Richard and Dan Rose launched Steamroller Labs in 2011 to join forces with the goal of exploring mixed media, multiple dimensions, storytelling, and bringing their fresh, sometimes playfully distorted worldviews to others.
Rachel Cheetham-Richard, a photographer and artist, was born in Palaiseau, France, and moved to Philadelphia where she recently became a citizen of the United States. Intensely urban in her interests, she has also photographed the landscapes in a number of countries. Widely traveled internationally, her photographs have included markets and other subjects in Japan, Morocco, Turkey, Vietnam, to name a few places.
Although she has photographed sacred and recreational sites, she is currently exploring perspectives and bringing a fresh point of view to Philadelphia and extreme environments of the U.S. using clair obscur, stop motion, and other photographic techniques.
Ms. Cheetham-Richard earned masters degrees from the Université de Paris and the American University in Washington, DC. She has also been active in the Philadelphia arts scene including dance, music, and theater.
Dan Rose, who works primarily in three dimensions, was born in Iowa, and taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Graduate School of Design as well as at Temple University and the University of the Arts. He also taught and lectured at the University of Bergen, Norway and elsewhere.
For the last few years Dan has been experimenting in his studio with how people visualize in two and three dimensional distorted visual fields. He has used pictures, primarily of the faces of supermodels, celebrities, and political figures. These explorations, experiments, and theorizing he has brought to Rachel Cheetham-Richard’s photographs.
With a longtime interest in automotive design he has redesigned several cars, some of which have been featured in advertising, and in books and magazines, and he has written for several publications of the BMW Car Club of America.
His artist books shown primarily on the East Coast and Europe have been sold in London through the ICA and Serpentine Galleries and in New York through Printed Matter.
A selection of his drawings is currently on view in the Gramercy Bistro at MassMoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts.