Andrew Rogers, ‘frisson’, 2019, installation view
‘frisson’ brings together a selection of maquettes and sculptures by Andrew Rogers, an artist deeply inspired by the structures, materials and implicit rhythms of our environment. He is largely known for his open-form abstract sculptures that curl and swell with material vitality, suggesting a sense of transformation. The National Gallery of Australia notes how his work is “informed by the rugged expression of Auguste Rodin, the organic abstraction of Henry Moore, and the cool conceptualism of Anthony Caro.”
Based in Melbourne, Andrew brings to Sydney an array of lyrical maquettes in bronze and stainless steel. This includes his ‘I Am’ sculptures that bristle then delicately unfurl, each revealing a supple surface beneath a rigid exterior. He will also present works from his highly tactile ‘Tessera’ series that plays with negative space through energetic chequered surfaces.
Rogers also exhibits a suite of photographs that document his monumental land art project ‘Rhythms of Life’, which has been extensively presented on The Google Cultural Institute. It is the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, compromised of 51 major stone structures across all seven continents. Aerial views of the artworks in Nepal, Kenya, Turkey and Antartica are included in the exhibition.
In Andrew’s most recent monograph accompanying his solo show at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Curator Geoffrey Edwards begins by saying, “the work of few, if any, contemporary Australian artists has received the same international exposure – in terms of site-specific commissions, exhibitions, documentary films and substantial publications – as that of Melbourne-based Andrew Rogers.”
Andrew is a leading contemporary Australian artist whose work is exhibited in major galleries across Australia and internationally. His work can be found in prominent public and private collections around the world in places as diverse as Istanbul, Chile, Kazakhstan and Canberra. Notably, his work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in California, USA, the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland, the Australian Consulate in Japan and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Rogers’ sculptures are also in numerous private collections and sculpture parks including Canberra International Airport, Point Leo Estate in Victoria, Alan Gibbs The Farm in New Zealand and Guy Laliberte’s (founder of Cirque Du Soleil) private sculpture park on his property in Ibiza.
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