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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

The Garden of Artists Series (Le Jardin des Artistes)

Grounds for Sculpture, a public not-for-profit corporation, is a 35-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ; it was founded as the vision of the famous sculptor and philanthropist J. Seward Johnson, Jr. to promote the appreciation and understanding of contemporary sculpture. Each season it Click for more

Andrew Rogers

Rogers, Andrew

"Andrew Rogers' oeuvre includes not only small- and large-scale bronzes, but also significant memorials and vast geoglyphs in the desert landscape. His frequently used phrase 'rhythms of life' is an apt choice, because in this age of globalization the rhythms of life are no longer limited to our own small circle of friends and relatives, no longer restricted to our own town or country, we are all part of a complex global pattern." -Ken Scarlett, Sculpture Magazine
"The challenge is always to use materials in a new and different way, and make them convey meaning and portray form in a manner that has not previously been seen." -Andrew Rogers
Host Savanna Jackson welcomes one of Australia's most distinguished and internationally recognized contemporary sculptors, Andrew Rogers. His critically acclaimed sculptures are in numerous private and prominent public collections in his home country as well as the U.S., Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Influenced by Rodin, for years he worked as a figurative sculptor, until in 1995 he switched to a unique abstract style. One of his "Rhythms of Life" exhibitions, which formed a chain of stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, is the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world. Here he discusses how he makes these three-dimensional structures, compiled of natural elements like rock, and explains the process of constructing art pieces large enough to be seen from the air. We learn that he uses the desert environments as canvases to show ancient symbols that represent life, a metaphor for taking old things and making them new. His one-person show at Grounds for Sculpture, Earthworks and Geoglyphs, included large-scale photographs, maquettes, and two documentaries that chronicled his works on-site in Chile and Israel. Also worth noting, a smaller version of one of his signature works, Flora Exemplar, from his "Rhythms of Life" series, has been on exhibit at GFS since 1998. 2009 JSCA 31 min.

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