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Michelle Rogers - Nov. 2014

Michelle Rogers
"
Le Temps Retrouvé / Revisiting the Past"

November 6–December 1, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 13, 6:30-8:00 pm



"Mitchell's Point Tunnel. Columbia River Highway, OR"

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs. While the images in the vertical triptychs are related only by line, shape, and composition, Rogers masterfully connects and brings out otherwise subtle similarities, even though each image is from a different time and place. “Le Temps Retrouvé / Revisiting the Past,” Rogers’ exhibit of silver gelatin prints, will be featured at The Art League Gallery November 6–December 1, 2014.

 

“Le Temps Retrouvé” was born out of Rogers joining her two passions – photography and collecting vintage postcards. She selects a postcard as inspiration for her composition and then searches through her photo library of surreal, elusive images for elements that complement those in the postcard image. Rogers photographs the postcard and then the three images are printed together in the darkroom and bleached or toned to all achieve the same antique feel. The photographs may be new or decades old, but it is only now, coupled with the postcard, that Rogers feels that the photographs have found their place.

 

The air of mystery and subtle curious narrative that runs through Rogers’ triptychs is alluring. The man in the black bowler hat is a significant, reoccurring character in her photographs. This enigmatic character was most frequently modeled by Rogers’ late husband, and most recently has been modeled by her son.

 

Rogers shares traditional approaches of black-and-white film photography with contemporary audiences. Her art career spans 18 years, 20 states, and dozens of solo and group exhibitions. Rogers has had more than 25 solo exhibits in university galleries and cultural centers where she has been invited to speak about her work. A native of France, she received an MA in French literature from The Catholic University of America and a BA from George Mason University after earning her Baccalaureate from the Académie de Paris.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Open Thursdays until 9:00 pm
Sunday, 12:00 noon–6:00 pm

 

 

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