GRAPHITE GALLERIES, in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, presents a Solo Exhibition of new works by CHRISTY LEE ROGERS during PHOTONOLA, the 6th Annual Festival of Photography in New Orleans, Louisiana
December 9, 2011 through January 4, 2012
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 9, 5 – 8pm
936 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Christy Lee Rogers (Hawaii-born), a self-taught photographer, indulges in her obsession of water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography. Resembling Baroque paintings and mastering the chiaroscuro qualities of light, her subjects bend and distort; bathing in darkness, isolated by light, and brought to life by ones own imagination.
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. ”The story of Odyssey exists in clumps of ideas and energy, griping emotions and the simplicity of truth beyond words,” she explains to us. “Like Homer’s epic Odyssey, life is an exciting and tumultuous adventure filled with thrilling characters to meet along the way. But metaphorically, Odyssey is a much bigger story than that, where the attributes and abilities of mankind soar to an unseen, indescribable level.” The stark contrast of each form and its isolation produces a strong sense of vulnerability, and yet Rogers exudes a desire to break free from the shackles that bind us to “reality.” Her darker masked figures contrast against the colorful buoyancy of innocence in other images, drawing attention to her playful, yet moral story of good versus evil. Bodies become vessels for conveying the delicate nature of life beyond the human condition, where defying gravity and exploring physics explodes in magic for the senses.
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 post-production manipulations.
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.”
Located in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans, Graphite Galleries is the home to many contemporary artists, both local and nationwide.
PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers citywide.
The 2011 festival will take place from December 8-11 with broad ranging photography exhibitions on display throughout the month. The lineup includes portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, alternative process demonstrations and a kick-off gala. Many events are free and open to the public.