Leo Koenig Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of new paintings by Les Rogers entitled Last House.
In previous work, Rogers has incorporated quotation and appropriation from a variety of sources, both historical and popular. In this show, Rogers continues to move away from this, creating his own visual dictum, eschewing quoting particular works while instead making gestural references that give cues to a variety of antecedents
The exhibition Last House is partly inspired by new surroundings. Moving between the diaphanous haze of memory and the sharp focus of the immediate, Rogers creates paintings that beguile with possibilities. Originating with a glance at something vaguely familiar, the paintings unfold themselves to the viewer gradually. The large and medium scaled works allude to wide genus of painting ranging from landscapes to interior scenes; still lifes to nudes. Rogers’ approach encourages a sort of mimetic syncopation, providing a palette that is at once comforting and slightly foreboding,
In the fragmentary nature of this body of work, we are given snippets of information, slivers of light that illuminate a transitory moment, but the “whole” is never revealed. Form gives way to atmospheric perspective, as the canvases present narratives that are open-ended and questioning. The artist’s effortless merging of abstraction and realism; the familiar and arcane, allows entry into a world that the viewer can ultimately make his/her own.
Les Rogers holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited internationally, most recently at galleries such as Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy, Galeria Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France, and Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsrue, Germany. Les Rogers lives and works in New York City.