Andrew Rogers, a leading contemporary artist based in Australia, is primarily a sculptor. His large works may be found in plazas and buildings around the world. He is also the creator of the world’s largest contemporary land art undertaking.
Derived from an early sculpture, the Rhythms of Life project is composed of 47 land art structures, which can be found in 13 countries and on 7 continents. The project is the result of 13 years of work, and the collaboration of 6,700 people from around the world.
The work is particularly unique in that Rogers has incorporated a great civic vision. The structures represent a process, and local collaboration. At many sites, a common Rhythms of Life piece is not far from a work that is local and unique to the community it represents.
For the first time, images of these works are on exhibition at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. 68 large scale photographs of Rogers’ Rhythms of Life project will be on display at the gallery until May 28, 2011. You can also view the work online at www.andrewrogers.com/landart.
18TH Street Arts Center, Santa Monica: May 07-28, 2011
March 03 Santa Monica : Australian artist Andrew Rogers announces the first exhibition devoted to the entire Rhythms of Life project, the world’s largest contemporary land art undertaking. From May 7-28, the non-profit arts organization 18th Street Arts Center (www.18thstreet.org) will present Andrew Rogers: Time and Space, a selection of 62 large-scale photographs of Rogers’s ground-breaking outdoor art project. The exhibition will showcase aerial and satellite photographs of 47 sculptures created over a period of 13 years, marking the first time these images will be publicly displayed together. Also on view will be a looped, 40-minute film that documents the artist’s extraordinary process. Rogers has spent the last13 years engaging over 6,700 people in 13 countries on seven continents to create stone sculptures in deserts, fjords, gorges, national parks and on mountainous slopes. Often working for months on end, engaging hundreds of local workers and even a thousand Maasai Warriors to help him erect his visionary installations, Rogers engages the communities where his works are created, devising to build structures with local significance, and providing sustaining support to maintain the mammoth artworks. Following each project’s completion, Rogers photographs the work himself either from a hot air balloon, a helicopter 500 feet aloft or from a satellite stationed 480 miles above ground.
About Rhythms of Life
Rhythms of Life forms a chain of 47 stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, positioned at 13 sites around the world. Constructed of earth and rocks, and following the contours of the natural landscape, Rogers’s land sculptures each measure up to 430,000 square feet in area, and range in height from three to 14 feet. Designed in conjunction with select architects and a team of local workers, the structures refer to the physical building blocks of history and civilization, while addressing the cycle of life and the interconnection of humanity throughout time and space.
Rogers began the project in Israel’s Arava Desert in 1998 and has since created artworks on seven continents: in Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India, Turkey, Nepal, Slovakia, the United States, Kenya and Antarctica. At each site, the project is initiated with a celebration that draws on local customs, such as traditional dancing and singing in China, sharing of wine and coca in Chile or the sacrifice of a llama in Bolivia. To create the land sculptures, Rogers and his crews battle the elements, including freezing snow in Iceland, 110-degree heat in an Israeli desert and altitude of 14,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes.
The project in Turkey is the world’s largest contemporary land art park. Twelve massive stone structures, most built by hand. The lines of these structures measure approximately 4 miles in length and comprising over 10,500 tons of stone. The park spans a mountain valley over a distance of 1. 5miles.
About the Artist
Andrew Rogers is one of Australia’s most renowned sculptors. His works are included in private and public collections throughout in Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S. Rhythms of Life is his most ambitious project to date. For more information, see www.andrewrogers.com
Exhibition Dates: May 07 – 24
Reception with the artist: Saturday May 7
18th Street Arts Center Info: 1639 18th St. Santa Monica T: (310) 453-3711 www.18thstreet.org
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday , 11am – 5.30pm
Image Caption: Shield, 2010, Chyulu Hills, Kenya, 328’ x 230’. Courtesy Andrew Rogers.