Jenny Rogers' Artist Statement
Ms. Rogers’ pieces are about American Culture, its proliferation & its residue. Her works often play within the realm of film & photographic history, toying with the common currency of popular culture, our shared literacy & our fascination with mythic representation. Classic re-considerations of gender, Jenny’s work explodes the category to reveal the underlying themes of mortality and death, and ultimately, what it takes to make any meaning out of the whimsical struggle we share.
Drawings & Video Animation, 2006-2007
Inspired by the cinematic climax of the film “The Last Picture Show”, RANGE revisits the death scene of cinema itself. Within the classic movie, “The Last Picture Show”, we are witness to the death of a small Texas town as symbolized by the closing of its movie house. In that movie, the theater’s final screening depicts a short scene from the movie, “Red River”, savored by the town’s few remaining residents. In it, cowboys cattle call, like talking heads in extreme close-up, to start the long cattle drive in a movie about progress and movement, laid within a movie about decline and inertia.
My drawings, like a movie still, are frames frozen in time, caught somewhere between ecstasy and agony. They act as artistic remnants of our own psychological ambivalence– animated by time and space, we are the West, both projected hero and fallen icon. Somewhere between pleasure and pain, these images flicker forever in the psyche-- manifest as a shimmering, mirage-like myth in the cultural imaginary.
Artist Bio / CV
Jenny Rogers' Bio
Ms. Rogers’ work has appeared in numerous museums and galleries throughout the world including the “Greater New York 2005,” P.S. 1 / MOMA in New York City & the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv in 2006. Her video work TRICK SADDLE was recently acquired as part of the Heather & Tony Podesta Collection. Forthcoming in 2008 is a new full-length theatrical work, WICKETS premiering at New York’s 3LD Technology Center next winter and a new video project, PERFECT SURF, for which Jenny has been granted a prestigious Independent Artist Award in Film & Media, New Technology Production for $20,000 by the New York State Council for the Arts.
In addition, Jenny’s photography was featured in the Couples Discourse exhibition and museum catalogue, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in 2006, showcasing portraits of esteemed artists-couples in their homes and work places. In 2005, MTV commissioned Ms. Rogers to complete a signature video piece for the launch of their new lesbian & gay television station “LOGO.” Ms. Rogers’ film & video work has also appeared in numerous festivals in the U.S. & abroad including Feminale 12- the International Women’s Film Festival in Cologne, Bimovie 11- International Film Festival in Munich, Out Takes 2005- New Zealand, MIX 18- New York’s Experimental Film Festival, the Frameline Festival - San Francisco’s Lesbian & Gay Film Fest, and Reeling – Chicago’s Gay & Lesbian Film Fest. TRICK SADDLE was also awarded a “Grand Festival Award” at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival, 2004, and it was shown at the Walker Arts Center as part of “Cinema Bizarre: Short Experimental Works by Lesbian Film/Video Artists” and “Women with Vision Film Festival 2005.”
In addition to her visual artwork Ms. Rogers has received numerous grants for her theatrical works including grants from the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.