Echoes of Light
Laura Rathe Fine Art Presents new works by Christy Lee Rogers and Chris Wood in Houston, Texas
(Houston, TX, April 16, 2018) – Acclaimed Houston gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces the exhibition featuring new (photographs) and installations by artists, Christy Lee Rogers and Chris Wood with an opening reception on June 30th, 2018 from 6-9 PM at 2707 Colquitt Street. LRFA curates a collection that presents the multidimensional behavior of light explored through space and water. Both Rogers and Wood demonstrate the versatility of color through basic elements in nature. Rogers photographs are composed of a waterspace, displaying a total immersion of objects plunged into darkness and water. Wood combines optical materials, like dichroic glass, that harness the patterns of light to compose geometric arrangements creating a kinetic, dimensional installation that responds to the environment its placed in. Light -- one of the most ephemeral experiences of our world finds itself encapsulated within these artworks illuminating our surroundings, giving us rich colorful sights and pleasurable sensations that connect to the source of its luminosity – Consciousness. This exhibition creates an alternate reality so that light can be experienced in new and unique ways through a methodological design and unique settings that influences the source of light. This exhibition will be on view through July 28th, 2018.
Out of darkness appears a complexity of unruly shapes and colors, Rogers’ technical skill and knowledge of light is able to capture bodies submerged in water during the night and captures the natural effects in darkness using the refraction of light. The people in Rogers’ photographs have a powerful presence. The figures often appear distorted, enveloped in the darkness of water, the light of the camera captures a partial view of the body, and at times only a limb or a silhouette can be seen. The body, in this work becomes a great mystery. Using light and water as her medium Rogers observes that these elements create a sense of freedom in her models, which translates remarkably onto the photographs. The photographs instill the movement and nature of water as a flow of life, evoking a sense of ease due to the effortlessness displayed by the free-floating bodies, fabric, and flowers. The water and the darkness provide a womb-like embrace and acts like a sensory deprivation chamber taking the viewer to delve into a relaxed, deep meditative state. Wood masterfully displays the optical illusions of light by skillfully arranging the panels of cut, dichroic glass into geometric patterns that shift the installation and its surrounding space as light moves through it. The glass, optically coated, selectively reflects certain wavelengths of light and its effect transmits a prism of colors to filter through. The installation responds to both natural and artificial light, the colors then range from soft and muted to bight and sharp. Wood created a mirage of light vortices through luminous panels that transcend their 3-dimensional state through the ethereal qualities of light. Cascades of light reveal endless forms that melt and merge into a glowing spectacle; the installation dynamically co-exists with its surrounding environment. As the light changes, the panels begin to embody a whole new existence growing into ovals and circles or squares and then collapse to start again through a different perspective.
Christy Lee Rogers
Rogers, originally from Kailua, Hawaii, obsession with water as a medium is breaking the conventions of contemporary photography. Her work is compared to Baroque paintings masters like Caravaggio because of her use of light within photographs mirrors the effects of chiaroscuro, contrasts between light and dark. Her work is vibrant and complex with figures dancing underwater at night in bright fabrics and ballerina-like positions. Rogers’ work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally.
Wood is a craftswoman of light. Though she doesn’t create the colors, her designs allow light to express its own magic through a careful arrangement of objects and glass. Wood often uses a material called dichroic which NASA originally developed. After studying Furniture Design at Middlesex University in the mid 80s Chris went on to study glass at the Royal College of Art, where she worked on architectural scale projects dealing with light and space. Wood produces innovative installations for gallery exhibition and has shown extensively throughout the UK and internationally. Her work is also shown in the Shanghai Museum of Glass.