FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TERRY RODGERS — "The Fluid Geometries of Illusion"
April 16 to June 4, 2011
TORCH Gallery Amsterdam is proud to present The Fluid Geometries of Illusion, a solo-exhibition by Terry Rodgers. The festive opening will take place on Saturday the 16th of April between 5-7pm, and will be sponsored by Pravda Vodka. The exhibition will be on display until the 4th of June. The Fluid Geometries of Illusion will feature new paintings, video-works, lightboxes, mixed media, drawings and photo-constructions.
Terry Rodgers has acquired considerable fame as the creator of large-scale cinematic paintings that compel the viewer to participate in a disenchanted world where beauty, sex and money do not seem to bring happiness. They evoke the confusing energy, decadence, desire, loneliness and promise of an age. He portrays a contemporary search for a meaningful life as a perpetual existential hangover.
Rodgers makes clear that this 21st century jet-set notion of success is but a metaphor. It is the various modes of language and perception of every era or culture that are the inevitable roots of illusion, and often disenchantment. Rodgers’ works underline the complexity of human relations in contemporary society, with all its contradictions and mediated influences.
On a more abstract level, his works concern his fascination with the dialectic coalescence of contradictory impulses in a subjective perspective.
In The Fluid Geometries of Illusion, Rodgers explores, through various media, “the ways through which we think we comprehend the world”. He deftly situates the viewer as an emotional, subjective being, in the overwhelming world of outside ideas and biases — pre-existing languages, mediated influences, and the palpable, physical world. These media include his photo-constructions and video-works, which are visual representations of the consonant and dissonant impulses people experience daily.
The photo-constructions can be seen as an elaboration of certain aspects of his paintings and will be presented as prints and as lightboxes. In these works, Rodgers dissects and re-integrates various familiar modes of representation, and when presented as triptychs, both utilizes and subverts their religious implications. The lightboxes form a standalone body of work and appeal to altogether different aesthetics and visual dynamics than the paintings. Still, all the pieces display Rodgers’ very distinct artistic signature.
Rodgers’ video work compels the viewer to feel both their own isolation and their own uncertainty in a pseudo-real proximity. The mixed media works further reveal how illusionary each medium is, and how much any language is a purely, if carelessly, designed human construction rather than a reflection of some certain reality.
By now Rodgers’ works have been exhibited across the globe. He was part of the very ambitious Decadence Now exhibition at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague, among numerous other museum exhibitions, and has been featured in fairs such as Art Basel, The Armory Show and Fiac. His works are in high demand and part of many prominent collections, both private and institutional. He is represented by TORCH gallery in Amsterdam. Aeroplastics Contemporay in Brussels and Galerie Nicola von Senger in Zurich. This will be his fourth solo-exhibition at TORCH.