As a former newspaper and magazine reporter, Mike Rogers’ art takes a similar journalistic direction, centered around social and economic investigations. While these projects often involve film, photography, or text works, they are also manifested as sculptures and drawings. For example, the work submitted to the Drawing Center comes out of a study of architectural embellishments designed to make modest suburban homes more appealing and grand. After making sculptural installations for his own modest home, he decided to focus on drawings of mundane public spaces that he has encountered or low-end motel rooms that he has stayed in. The attempt is to make viewers question the social conventions of architecture and design; to take architectural elements that normally provide a decor that is so common so that they are not even given a second thought, to a point where they are overwhelming.
Artist Bio / CV
Mike Rogers was born in New York City and now lives in Long Beach, California. After working several years as a newspaper and magazine reporter, he received his MFA from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles in 1996. A multi-media artist who works primarily in sculpture, drawing, film, video, and photography, Rogers uses his art to investigate sociological and economic situations. His film, Cross Country, was included in the 2003 Sharjah Biennial VI in the United Arab Emirates, and was also shown at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center and at the Wexner Center for Contemporary Art at the Ohio State University. His 14-year collaborative project with London-based artist Dustin Ericksen, called Cups, has been exhibited in London and Marseilles, and will be exhibited in 2009 at Museo Carrillo Gil in Mexico City and at the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf in Germany, before traveling to Innsbruck and Stuttgart. Other exhibitions include Gymnasion at the Palais Thurn & Taxis in Bregenz, Austria and, with Ericksen, at Artlab at Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London. His solo project, El Caminoville, was exhibited at the University of Michigan and the Huntington Beach Art Center in Southern California. Along with Ericksen, Rogers co-founded the experimental Outdoor Art Space at the California Institute of Technology, which operated from 1999 to 2001. His illustrated novel about the art world, titled The Third Eye, was published in 2008 by Edicions 30 km/s of Barcelona.