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Sasha Rogers

“Nature is visible spirit, and spirit is invisible nature”, Friedrich Schelling

For 15 years now I have painted a line at the center of my paintings. Some would call this a horizon—some describe it as a place of contemplation and longing. For me the line has been a highly charged illusive place, both sacred and alluring. In some respects the line is a portal to a place one veil removed–an idea beyond our reach–a placeless place –a realm, which exists in my dreams and my imagination. The line continues to hold me. It is a coming together of apparent contradictions and oppositions, which unfailingly continue to shake my center of gravity. Each painting is a unique exploration and each one begins within a known and predictable framework – what seems like a known finite study – and yet they seem to go to the infinite and the whole. They seem to invite an intense range of colour, texture and atmosphere. And each one has a liminal place–a place in between two places–an in between which is open to change and renewal.

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When I paint I try to become detached from the world even though I can only contemplate what I know. In this seemingly contradictory process I strive to both reflect and to receive. This longing at the line is where I most want to be. When you work to bring together the two you allow the process to let the unknown enter the work. In this way I gently submit to intuition, perhaps making room for inspiration to connect with and challenge the familiar. In my experience beauty is a condition where the concrete and the ambiguous occur simultaneously and in harmony.

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality; but to create a reality of the same intensity”. Giacometti

Maybe the in between is really about disunion and union–the juxtapositions of what seem to be two separate worlds–a top and a bottom, surface and reflection, depth and texture, intensity and colour, thickness of paint, veils of soft forms, light and dark, and of course the line- where I seem to spend so many hours and days and which unifies and creates the atmosphere of the whole. Vibration, tension, the intensity of light and the drama of endless space exists and coalesce at the line. The great romantic painter Casper David Freidrich said close your bodily eye, so that you may see your picture first with the spiritual eye. Of course, at the end, the value of a painting rests with the viewer. The witness is engaged in the painting with his or hers own memories, dreams and imagination as naturally there is a comingling. In painting, the greatest meaning occurs in the interval between what is invented and what is invited. Sasha Rogers 2018

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Sasha Rogers has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Whilst she has not lived in the vast Canadian prairies since the beginning of her career, she retains the influence of the vast expanses and endless horizon lines experienced in the landscape of her up bringing. Rogers sees her artwork as a continual exploration of, and dialogue with, physical and visual concepts of space. It is important for her to create an entrance and exit, or in other words, a “portal” for the viewer to move into the depth of her horizon line that separates the bottom and top color fields of her paintings. Her work suggests balance between different states, whether it is a reference to atmospheric conditions or the movement of water, a philosophical questioning of states of existence, or through an aesthetic rendering of color field imaging. Rogers’ work has been influenced by the work of William Turner, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Antoni Tapies, and her father - sculptor and painter, Otto Rogers. What collectively draws her to these great artists is their dedication to evocative metaphors rather than literal descriptions. She states, “They invite rather than prescribe.” Sasha Rogers received her Masters of Painting in 1987 and was a painting instructor for twelve years. She has focused primarily on solo exhibits and international art fairs and her work held is in numerous private collections in the Canada, the USA and Europe.

Sasha Rogers has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Whilst she has not lived in the vast Canadian prairies since the beginning of her career, she retains the influence of the vast expanses and endless horizon lines experienced in the landscape of her up bringing. Rogers sees her artwork as a continual exploration of, and dialogue with, physical and visual concepts of space. It is important for her to create an entrance and exit, or in other words, a “portal” for the viewer to move into the depth of her horizon line that separates the bottom and top color fields of her paintings. Her work suggests balance between different states, whether it is a reference to atmospheric conditions or the movement of water, a philosophical questioning of states of existence, or through an aesthetic rendering of color field imaging. Rogers’ work has been influenced by the work of William Turner, Mark Rothko, Agnes Martin, Antoni Tapies, and her father - sculptor and painter, Otto Rogers. What collectively draws her to these great artists is their dedication to evocative metaphors rather than literal descriptions. She states, “They invite rather than prescribe.” Sasha Rogers received her Masters of Painting in 1987 and was a painting instructor for twelve years. She has focused primarily on solo exhibits and international art fairs and her work held is in numerous private collections in the Canada, the USA and Europe.

Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

EDUCATION
1987 Masters of Visual Arts, Painting, University of Alberta, Edmonton
1983 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honors, Drawing and Painting, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018  Lines of Longing,, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2016  Realms, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014  Stillness, Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012  Parallels, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011 Liminal Spaces, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009  Dispersion, Jenifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Atmospheres, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2006 Absent Presence, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2004 New Paintings, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2014  New Paintings, Tatar Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003 Still Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2003 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Echoes, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001 New Paintings, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Flux- Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 The placeless place- Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto ON
1999 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1991 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1988 Recent Works- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1987 Masters of Visual Arts Exhibition, Edmonton, AB
1984 Vinish Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  20th Years Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2016  Summer Group Show, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC
2012 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2008 Oeno Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 Tatar Gallery, Toronto, ON
2002 Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, ON
2001 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000 Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1994 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1990 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1989 Gallery Artists – Group Exhibition- Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, ON
1984 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1985 Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1984 Graduate Faculty and Students, Scotia Place, Edmonton, AB
1984 Swift Current, National Exhibition Centre, Vinish Gallery, SK

ART FAIRS

2017  TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2013 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2012 artMRKT San Francisco, San Francisco CA (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2012 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2011 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2010 TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2008 LAAS Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2005 Toronto International Art Fair (Tatar Gallery)
2005 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2004 AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY (Jennifer Kostuik Gallery)
2001 International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Lonsdale Gallery)
1999 International Art Fair, Toronto, ON (Lonsdale Gallery)

EDUCATION CURATOR

National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current ,Saskatchewan.
Co-Ordinator and curator for educational programs for adults and children.

AWARDS/GRANTS

2001 Visual Arts Ontario exhibition Grant
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1987 Alberta Art foundation award, highest distinction given for outstanding research in the visual arts
1986 Singular award offered in the MVA program
1984 Distinguished Exhibition Award
1983 Hilda J. Stewart Memorial Award for the most outstanding Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduate
Judy Poole Memorial Award, pre-eminent graduating exhibition
Heinz Jordan Award, most promising third year painting student

COLLECTIONS

Aspec Developments, Vancouver. BC
Birum Developments, Seattle WA
CityScape Properties LLC, Lexington De Soto, KS, USA
Georgian Pontiac, Barrie, ON
Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, ON
Hewlett Packard
Interac
KoreGroup Inc, Calgary, AB
Laurel Point Inn, Victoria, BC
Milestones Restaurant/Trimen Food Services Equipment Inc, Vancouver, BC
New Vernon Capital, Jersey City, NJ, USA
OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Services), Toronto, ON
Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, ON
Teck Cominco Ltd. Vancouver, BC
Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington Law Firm, Toronto, ON
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
University of Toronto, Woodsworth College, Toronto, ON
Westwind Productions, Toronto, ON and Regina, SK

Numerous private collections in Canada, Israel, Switzerland, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands and Russia.

Press Release
Lines of Longing: See PDF


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