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Sasha Rogers, "Blue Winds," acrylic on canvas, 49” X 109”, 2012.
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Sasha Rogers, "Renewal," acrylic on canvas, 71” X 71”, 2012.
SASHA ROGERS, Parallels
September 13 to October 9, 2012
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver
By Janet Nicol
Sasha Rogers left the prairies when she began painting 20 years ago, but she didn’t lose the influence of the vast landscape. Blue Winds, one of several acrylic paintings in her upcoming exhibition at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, is an ‘atmospheric’ work, reminiscent of her childhood home. A horizon line shapes an expansive land and sky, rendered in ethereal blue tones among white clouds. Rogers believes horizon lines are illusions in themselves. Parallel lines vibrate against each other between the sky, land and sea in her paintings, pushing and pulling the eye back and forth, simultaneously separating the voids and uniting them. We imagine that we can see the point where the horizon lines ultimately touch, Rogers believes, but in reality, that point doesn’t exist — it’s an invented mark for an ambiguous state. Rogers sees her work as a continual exploration and dialogue with physical and visual concepts of space. “Painting for me is both an intuitive and formal process,” Rogers says. “It’s all about giving poetry a physical presence. I like to look at the outer world with my inner eye, moving between the abstract and the real, the gestural and the descriptive. I create evocative places.”