Monday, May 14, 2012

Studio Visit: Christine Rogers

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

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Our artist of the month Christine Rogers doesn't like to work in a studio. There's often an inherent disconnect from the rest of life that happens in an artist's studio practice, and Christine's art doesn't work like that. She is more concerned with observing and appropriating things that already exist, and putting them into personal, autobiographical contexts.

But I really like making studio visits and seeing an artist's work space, so we compromised — I met her at a FedEx/Kinkos where Christine does a majority of her work. It turned out to be the perfect extension of her practice, which is exactly what I look for in these studio visit posts.

Christine wore a blue dress that she chose because it was the exact color of the walls — Kinkos Blue, she called it. She brought along a collection of the books she's been using for inspiration for her next project, a study of the segment of Indian tourism that's based on Swiss tourism, and a group of villages that each call themselves "The Switzerland of India." That artificiality or doubling of reality makes so much more sense in a FedEx/Kinkos than anywhere else. That might sound hyperbolic, but I don't think it is — things like photographs of nature and books about building one's self-esteem all amass these giant quotation marks around them inside of Kinkos' artificial environment. It's a great way to understand how Christine's earnestness comes out of a lifetime spent amidst sarcasm and irony — so much so that even irony is understood to be ironic. This is post-irony.

See what kind of an art studio an office supply store can be after the jump.

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