MUSES OPENING AT ART LABOR, SHANGHAI, CHINA JUNE 23RD

CHRISTY LEE ROGERS
MUSES
June 23 – Aug 8, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 4-7pm
101 Haifang Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai, PR China

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Art Labor is thrilled to present new photographic works, new media and textile installation by Hawaiian born artist Christy Lee Rogers (b. 1972), for a solo exhibition opening 23 June, 2018. A pioneer in underwater photographic style and technique, earning her international acclaim, her work embraces the unique quality of light refraction between the surface and layers of water, and her personal approach is to honor and explore the frailty of our existence within the elements around us.

Obsessed with the transformative qualities of water, Rogers uses it once again as her muse, pushing toward a new boundary for herself both artistically and emotionally.  This collection of entirely new work, thus titled Muses, is derived from the sources of that inspiration itself, and the depths to which an individual will go to find and hold on to that inspiration, until a new spark of insight is needed, once its predecessor has vanished.  It's this mechanism that Rogers delves deep into and what she reveres, as it is common to all of us and never ending.  She finds in the creation of a body of work all this trapped passion, which is then finally unleashed in all its glory, but then so it fades and to be desired yet again.  Out of this desire to connect with the universe, a quest for certain knowledge of what is beyond our current reality is then intensified, after having had some glimpse of the possibilities deep down into our own ship of treasures, filled with immaterial and material wealth.

The narrative in Rogers’ new waterscapes continues to follow the thread of her most celebrated collections, with a process that allows her and her subjects to experience first hand the vulnerabilities and beauty of the human body in an underwater setting.  The colors and cascading bodies take on late Renaissance and Baroque tones, with chiaroscuro contrasts of light and darkness creating movement and purpose within each scene.  

As “The Independent" (newspaper) in London has described of her earlier works, "The ethereal payoff is indeed redolent of a mix of Masters – the vivid hues of Titian, the straining bodies of Rubens, the sun-dappling chiaroscuro of Caravaggio, but also the loose brushstrokes and fluid movement of Delacroix; hints, too, of the Tiepolo-esque heavenly ascents adorning many an 18th-century Venetian chapel. Yet, for all these highfalutin qualities, Rogers' subjects were no gods, kings or mythical beasts, but rather her friends, whom she coaxed to writhe around in a local swimming pool – a simplicity that reflects both her method (the pictures are entirely unretouched) and the purity of Rogers' lifelong love of the water.”

For over fifteen years, Rogers has experimented with water in her artistic endeavors; refracting light in it, moving bodies through its layers, combining textiles underneath its surface and finding insight in it’s beauty and chaos.  She was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands, learning a deep respect for the water as a young surfer and boogie border, and continues to find hope and inspiration beneath it’s surface. And the social and environmental importance of protecting water on our planet drives her continuing fascination with it. As she states: “Water is the giver of life”.    "Shine" 2018 Christy Lee Rogers | 58 x 90.5’’ (147 x 230 cm)

ROGERS' "PANTHERA ONCA" IN 2018 SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE

Slate Art presents Christy Lee Rogers' "Panthera Onca" in the 2018 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Interior Design by the amazing Eden Wright Design, photographed by Christopher Stark.  The Showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design showhouse event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers. All the funds raised through the Decorator Showcase go directly to support the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. 

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SP ARTE SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Thank you Gabriel Wickbold Gallery for including me in this years SP ARTE in São Paulo, Brazil.

"Phoenix" (Center) by Christy lee Rogers

ART INSTALLATION LIGHTBOX

KWC and Franke USA present an art installation by artist Christy Lee Rogers this year in the KBIS show, Orlando.

PAINT THE WEB PINK

Art Labor Shanghai exhibits Christy lee Rogers as part of their new website launch exhibition.. Paint the Web Pink.  Jan 21 - Mar 5th 

101 Haifang Lu, near Changhua Lu, Shanghai 200041, China

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CHRISTY LEE ROGERS TAKES PART IN MILLER GALLERY'S WOMENS GROUP SHOW

CHRISTY DOES THE EAST CUT ART FAIR WITH SLATE CONTEMPORARY

January 12 - 14, 2018  |  160 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA
Public Hours: January 12, 10-5pm | January 13, 10-7pm | January 14, 11-5pm

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ON SET IN HAWAII

2018 starts with a bang as Christy preps for a busy year and new Collection for her upcoming show in Shanghai, China.