Photographer: Christy Lee Rogers

ÉLAN, along with over 35 works will be presented in a Solo retrospective exhibit this September 18th at the Grand Théâtre d’Angers of the Angers Nantes Opéra House in France.

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ANGERS NANTES OPERA AND LE GRAND THEATRE D’ANGERS host the first retrospective exhibition of Hawaiian artist Christy Lee Rogers— entitled Le Lyrisme Des Abysses.  The exhibition will feature more than 35 color photographs in large format depicting otherworldly underwater scenes culled from five of her previous collections, including her newest collection, Élan, for it’s French premiere.

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Rogers is known for breaking many of the conventions of contemporary photography by bending rules of technique and uniquely creating the way light travels to her subjects.  Interestingly, for years, the press has compared Rogers’ work to paintings rather than photographs.

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She has been compared to Baroque master painters like Caravaggio, Rubens and Delacroix, due to her extravagant style of movement, colour and sensuality.  Now her body of work to date will be shown side by side in the beautiful Grand Théâtre D’Angers dedicated exhibition space; a setting as dramatic and luxurious as Rogers’ photographs.

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As a photographer, she is revered by painters for her ability to create chiaroscuro lighting, a contrast between light and dark, used to great effect by the late Renaissance master Caravaggio.  Bold in colour and complexity, Rogers applies her inventive technique to an array of bodies submerged in water during the night, and creates her effects, using only the natural refraction of light.

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No camera trickery or special effects are used whatsoever – merely the artists’ uncanny eye and a thorough amount of experimentation. Throughout her career Rogers has made it a point to celebrate humankind’s vigor and warmth, by creating a dialogue about the beauty, vulnerability and tragic experience that is the human condition.

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“I grew up on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Water consumed much of my life, just as it now dominates the foundation of my art. Its beauty and tranquility led to my first experimentation with it as an artistic source.”

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“Metaphorically, water stands for purity; and a body immersed in it, is free from gravity, but trapped by the inability to breathe. This huge dichotomy, pain and suffering mixed with freedom and purity, consumed me.”

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“My earliest artistic thoughts were to bring hope into this paradox. The beauty, vulnerability and craziness of mankind interests me like mad.  My work is extremely personal and follows my search into our inner nature, the material universe and the spectrum of emotions that inspire me in daily life.”

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Christy Lee Rogers is a visual artist from Kailua, Hawaii.  Her works have been exhibited internationally; recent and upcoming exhibitions include: The Outsiders/ Lazarides in London, Ten Arts, in Paris and the 9th Annual PhotoNola Photography Festival,  in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Her works are held in private and public collections throughout the world.  And she has been featured in International magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar Art China, Eyemazing, The Independent, Casa Vogue, Photo Professional, to name just a few.  Rogers’ work “Reckless Unbound” is a part of the Longleat House collection in the UK; the stately home, which is the seat of the Marquesses of Bath and also home to Renaissance gems of the Italian masters, like Titan’s “Rest on the Flight into Egypt.”  She lives and works in Nashville, TN and Kailua, Hawaii.

You will find more images from Christy Lee Rogers at: http://www.christyrogers.com/