Continuing with her experiments of water, space and movement, Christy Lee Rogers’ latest collection, Odyssey, features large-scale ethereal portraits and emotional narratives through which Rogers explores the flexible nature of the earth bound human body. Photographed on Oahu and set underwater, her subjects bend and distort; bathing in darkness, isolated by light, and brought to life by ones own imagination. With light refraction as the technical foundation for her work, Rogers utilizes this phenomenon of light as it passes from the air, which has a lower optical density, into water, with a higher optical density, to capture in-camera images, without the modern post-production manipulations. Rogers’ mastery of this phenomenon allows her to create sun-dappled figures afloat in dim waters, and figures whose clothes take on a Baroque complexity and vibrancy. Born in Honolulu, and raised in a family of musicians in the small beach town of Kailua, Hawaii, on Oahu’s windward coast, Rogers is also a filmmaker and musical lyricist for alternative rock band “Forty Point.” Her work is represented by The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Barclay’s Club, Monaco, Europe; James Gray Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA; Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, TX; Graphite Galleries, New Orleans, LA; Shelley Lambe Fine Art, Ontario, Canada and Cedar Street Galleries and Fine Art Associates, Honolulu, HI. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Kailua, Hawaii.
The Academy Art Center at Linekona Gallery, Mezzanine
1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu, Hawaii
Christy Lee Rogers: An Underwater Odyssey
through October 12, 2011
with original music composition by Natalie Kawai
© Christy Lee Rogers, Drowning in her Sea, Ed. of 6, 63x91.5cm, 84 x 122, 105x152.5cm, 126x183cm, Prices range from $2,600 to $8,400