scanning venice exhibition

Painting, collages, photographs by Alan Rogers

Françoise Calcagno Art Studio, Venice.
Opening 26 October 2013 at 18:00

The exhibition is open from 26th October – 15th November 2013.

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 or other times by appointment. 

Campo del Ghetto Novo 2918 Venezia
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The Françoise Calcagno Art Studio is pleased to present Scanning Venice, a solo exhibition by Alan Rogers – a collection of photographs, collages and paintings that reveal Venice through small and hidden details.

Alan Rogers trained as a painter and arts educator at Exeter College of Art & Design, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. He has worked nationally and internationally across four continents and eleven countries as artist-in-residence, curator, public artist, lecturer, consultant. He was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Award and has over 30 one-person exhibitions.

Scanning Venice is a curated selection from the three series of work by Alan Rogers that are inspired by Venice and its lagoon: “Invisible Cities”, “Laguna” and “Watermark”.

‘Invisible Cities’ is an ongoing series of mixed-media paintings inspired by architecture and Italo Calvino’s text, which describes the simultaneous, multiple facets and deceits of the labyrinthine city. ‘Laguna’ is a series of process paintings based on the horizontal landscape of the Venice Lagoon, where its flat banks of earth intersect with dazzling, broken reflections of coloured houses. Reminiscent of horizontal signals from badly tuned analogue televisions, these paintings are a metaphor for the un-tuned emotional state of indecision, a lacuna between river and sea, neither salt nor sweet.

Watermark is a series of recent photographs documenting the effects of maritime environments on man-made surfaces. The images are charged with the colours of decadence, oxidization and rot. These are details of places where mankind attempts to contain nature, but where the process of re-integration has already begun, quietly and surreptitiously. Permeating all of Rogers’ creative output is the relationship between: order and chaos, the natural and the man-made, the multiplicity of possible viewpoints and the marks that people leave in urban environments.