“THE ETERNAL AQUATIC”
Christy Lee Rogers
July 4 – August 18, 2015
ART LABOR Gallery, Shanghai
ART LABOR Gallery is very pleased to present some of the best of Christy Lee Rogers’ sublime underwater photography. For over a decade Rogers has imagined elaborate scenes of otherworldly colors and entwined bodies that celebrate humankind's vigor, warmth and source. She crafted her vision by using models submerged underwater in deftly designed scenarios, photographed in her native home of Hawaii, that conjure the deepest depths of our world, our origins, our composition, in a profoundly human context. These single shot un-retouched images convey both the decidedly contemporary edge of experimental photography with the gorgeous tones, dramatic lighting and composition influencing early baroque painting from Titian through Caravaggio and on to Rubens.
The connection with water is explored in a way which shows the beauty, freedom and conversely the struggle and complexity of the human condition (a recurring motif in Rogers’ work). The ocean, and the element itself, their chaos and their order, one’s feeling of being infinitesimal within this and yet totally inter-connected, is explored in her works: the wonder and joy of being a part of this aquatic universe. Here are the basic emotions at the core of her works, those same inspiring the Ancient Greeks and other past civilizations to compose myths to explain the awesome power and majesty of the deep sea.
Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Lazarides Outsiders Gallery in London in 2014, across the globe from Monaco to Mexico City, and has been featured in many international media, including Harper’s Bazaar Art China, Eyemazing, The Independent, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique and others. The London Independent described her work as “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. Rogers is currently a finalist for the Contemporary Art Price at the François Schneider Foundation, France, and her "Reckless Unbound" is housed at Longleat House, which is the seat of the Marquess of Bath, and also home to Renaissance gems of the Italian masters, like Caravaggio’s "Rest on the Flight into Egypt”, many of whose work inspired much of her photography.