SANTA MONICA, CA.-
Australian artist Andrew Rogers presents the first exhibition devoted to the entire Rhythms of Life project, the worlds largest contemporary land art undertaking. From May 7-28, the non-profit arts organization 18th Street Arts Center
displays Andrew Rogers: Time and Space, a selection of 68 large-scale photographs of Rogerss ground-breaking outdoor art project.
The exhibition showcases aerial and satellite photographs of 47 sculptures created over a period of 13 years, marking the first time these images are publicly displayed together. Also on view is a looped, 40-minute film that documents the artists 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 projects 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.
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, Rogerss 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 Israels Arava Desert in 1998 and has since created artworks on five 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 worlds 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.
Andrew Rogers is one of Australias 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.