Will Rogan describes himself as being consistently drawn to everyday objects and their histories; the ways that these objects tell the stories of larger things and hold narratives that are always around us. His work investigates the passage of time alongside the everyday practices of seeing, believing, and preserving images. When Time Stands Still not only depicts a couple on a beach lost in the moment, but also the magazine containing their image, simultaneously and beautifully referencing its place in the world as object and as image.
Will Rogan (Headlands Artist in Residence ’17) has an extensive exhibition history, including shows at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); the Oakland Museum of California; California Biennial; Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario; BE-PART, Platform voor actuele kunst, Waregem, Belgium; Laurel Gitlen, New York; Misako & Rosen, Tokyo; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Jack Hanley Gallery, The Lab, and Southern Exposure, San Francisco; and Gasworks Gallery, London. Rogan is co-editor and founder of THE THING, a quarterly journal of editions, and is a recipient of the SFMOMA SECA Art Award. He lives and works in Marin County, California.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel Gallery
About Will Rogan
Will Rogan uses photography as a central element his drawings, sculptures, and installations that draw attention to the mundane. Rogan’s images are both culled from archives and taken from his surroundings. In 2009, the artist took photographs of storefronts containing the word “World” in a series titled “Other World”. More recently, he laboriously constructed a delicate structure, Mediums (recent ruins) (2013) made using photographic portraits of 60 artists from catalogues discarded by the library at the San Francisco Art Institute. Rogan’s approach is often humorous and ironic, but with a touch of poignancy. Themes in his work include explorations of memento mori and vanitas, nostalgia, and the passage of time.
American, b. 1975, based in Albany, California