Graham’s Fine Art Gallery
14 September – 26 October 2017
Opening night: 14 September, 7pm
Graham’s Fine Art Gallery is proud to welcome contemporary artist, Christy Lee Rogers, this spring for her South African solo debut and new collection, Hybrids.
From eternal life to humility and devotion, flowers have had many meanings throughout time. From youth, enlightenment, faith, hope, the divine, beauty, to chastity, fertility, fragility, death, despair, hope and rebirth, hese blossoming fragile creatures are the most beautiful life forms on the planet, and yet one of the most transitory in terms of life span.
In her latest underwater collection Hybrids, Rogers creates hybrid human and flower beings, photographed under water using her rare techniques and style that have gained her international recognition. To encapsulate the feelings and her message into the final works, she then created watercolour and acrylic paintings that she meticulously layered into several of the final images.
Rogers explains: “My favourite quote that inspired me along the way was from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince: ‘She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her… I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her…’”
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared with Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. Boisterous in colour and complexity, Rogers applies her cunning technique to a barrage of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects naturally in-camera using the refraction of light. Through a fragile process of experimentation, she builds elaborate scenes of coalesced colors and entangled bodies that exalt the human character as one of vigour and warmth, while also capturing the beauty and vulnerability of the tragic experience that is the human condition.
Rogers’ works have been exhibited internationally from Paris, London, Mexico City to Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and more, and are held in private and public collections throughout the world.
Most recently, Rogers is exhibiting at the Palazzo Bembo Collateral Exhibition during the 57th Venice Art Biennale. She has been featured in international magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Art China, Elle Decoration, Global Times, The Independent, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique, Photo Korea and others. Rogers’ “Reckless Unbound” is currently housed at Longleat House in the UK; the stately home, which is the seat of the Marquesses of Bath and also home to Renaissance gems of the Italian masters, like Titan’s “Rest on the Flight into Egypt”.