Andrew Rogers (artist)

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Andrew Rogers is a sculptor whose works may be found in many plazas and buildings around the world. He is a leading contemporary artist.

Rogers is the creator of the world’s largest contemporary land art undertaking. Titled "Rhythms of Life," the project commenced in 1998 and at present comprises 51 massive stone structures (geoglyphs) across 14 countries on seven continents and has involved over 7,000 people.

These geoglyphs range in size up to 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft) and are commanding worldwide attention. They are situated in the Arava Desert, Israel; the Atacama Desert, Chile; the Bolivian Altiplano; Kurunegala, Sri Lanka; Victoria, Australia; the Gobi Desert, China; Akureyri, Iceland; Rajasthan, India; Cappadocia, Turkey; Jomson and Pokhara in Nepal; Spissky and the High Tatras in Slovakia; the Mojave Desert and Green River in the USA; near the Chyulu Hills in Kenya; Antarctica near the Dakshin Gangotri Glacier; and the Namib Desert in North West Namibia. Individually and together the geoglyphs form a unique set of drawings upon the Earth stretching around the globe, connecting people with history and heritage.

Rogers’ works have been presented to leading world figures such as John Howard, Vincent Fox, Efraim Katzir, Richard Butler and Simon Wiesenthal. Andrew Rogers lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a full-time artist.

Rhythms of Life land art project[edit]

Bunjil geoglyph at the You Yangs, Lara, Australia, by Andrew Rogers. The creature has a wing span of 100 metres and approximately 1500 tons of rock was used to construct it.

The title of the project, the "Rhythms of Life" is derived from Rogers’ early bronze sculptures.

Of particular note is a site in Cappadocia, Turkey, where in September 2011 Rogers completed the "Time and Space" geoglyph park. The thirteen structures comprise more than 10,500 tons of stone and, in total, the walls measure approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) in length. The structures that lie furthest apart are separated by a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4 km).

Rogers' "Rhythms of Life" project is the largest contemporary land-art undertaking in the world, forming a chain of stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, around the globe: 13 sites in disparate exotic locations from below sea level and up to altitudes of 4,300 metres (14,100 ft). Up to three geoglyphs, ranging in size up to 40,000 square metres (430,000 sq ft), are located at each site. To date the project has involved over 7,000 people in 14 countries across seven continents.

Monumental geoglyphs have been constructed since 1998, forming a chain of 14 sites around the world. Outside Melbourne, in Geelong, a "Rhythms of Life" site was commissioned in association with the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[1] In China the "Rhythms of Life" walls stretch 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi).


In the book "Andrew Rogers Geoglyphs Rhythms of Life", author Eleanor Heartney, New York-based, award-winning art writer and independent art critic, describes Rogers' land art undertaking:[2]

"The geographic and historic sweep of the works constructed as part of the Rhythms of Life project is unprecedented in its scale and ambition. Taken together, the geoglyphs have been erected in every kind of climate, and have responded to geographical environments as distinct as Nepal’s Himalayan Mountains, China’s Gobi Desert, the volcanic mountains of Iceland and the harsh Israeli desert."


According to Hannes Sigurdsson, Director of the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland:[3]

“The Rhythms of Life project by Australian artist Andrew Rogers is the largest contemporary land-art project in the world, forming a chain of stone sculptures, or geoglyphs, around the globe. Monumental geoglyphs have been constructed in ten countries to date: Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India, Turkey and Nepal. Future locations will include the United States, United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Africa. By completion, the project will have involved over 5,000 people on six continents. The Rhythms of Life sculptures are optimistic metaphors for the eternal cycle of life and regeneration, expressive and suggestive of human striving and introspection. The geoglyphs embrace a wide cultural vision that links memory and various symbols derived from ancient rock carvings, paintings and legends in each region; they punctuate time and extend history into the distant future while delving into the depths of our heritage in pursuit of the spiritual. The exhibition at the Akureyri Art Museum in Iceland is the first general survey of the project.”

Lilly Wei, an independent curator based in New York City, writes:[3]

“Rogers believes that accelerating environmental changes with their potentially catastrophic consequences are much less avoidable these days and therefore much more heeded. Hopefully, he is right. Since the inception of his geoglyphs, it has been one of the artist's purposes to point to the irreplaceable beauties of the earth, both existent and man-made. By creating contemporary megaliths as markers, Rogers insists on the need to preserve this natural and artistic heritage for ourselves and for the future.”

Three examples of the 'Rhythms of Life' geoglyphs are:

  1. "The Ancients" This geoglyph is derived from a "pictureglyph" of a pre-Columbian deity known as "El Señor de los Báculos" located in the Rio Loa area near Calama, Chile. The pictureglyph is attributed to the Tiwanaku (also spelled Tiahuanaco) culture that developed between the years 300 and 900 AD.[4] The geoglyph is located at an altitude of 8,100 feet (2,500 m) above sea level, on the Llano de la Paciencia (Plain of Patience), 13 km from the town of San Pedro de Atacama.
    The stone walls forming this geoglyph, constructed from volcanic rock and clay, are 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) long.
    This image forms part of the pastoral cosmology. The sun cuts across this "pictureglyph" at the solstice.
  2. "The Rhythms of Life" This geoglyph is located at 2,603 metres (8,540 ft) on the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), which rise from the Llano de la Paciencia, and form the head of the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), a geological formation of lunar appearance, approximately 14 km from the town of San Pedro de Atacama.
  3. "Ancient Language" This geoglyph is about 80 by 2.8 metres (262.5 by 9.2 ft) high, and is inspired by an Aguadan (700-900AD) petroglyph carved into stone at the Pampa Vizcachilla archaeological site,[5] in the surrounding area of Yerbas Buenas, 20 km from the Rio Grande.

Satellite Imagery[edit]

Rogers' works are of such proportions that they have been captured in photographs taken by satellite from distances between 440 and 770 km (273-480 miles) above the earth's surface. They can be easily observed in Google Earth’s satellite imagery which has been used to create a tour of the 'Rhythms of Life' Land art project.[6]


Works[edit]

Solo exhibitions and displays[edit]

  • 2013—Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, City of New York, New York, USA: Individuals, May - September
  • 2013—Elgiz Cagdas Sanat Müzesim, Istanbul, April 18 - June 18
  • 2012—Mossgreen Gallery, Victoria, Australia: Molten Concepts
  • 2012—Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA: Rhythms of Life
  • 2012—Aidekman Arts Center, Tufts University Art Gallery, Massachusetts, USA: Global Land Art: Projects by Andrew Rogers
  • 2012—Hammer gallery, Zurich, Switzerland: Rhythms of Life
  • 2012—Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, USA: Andrew Rogers Contemporary Geoglyphs
  • 2011—Art Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey: Andrew Rogers Time and Space
  • 2011—Momentum, Berlin, Germany: Time and Space: Drawing on the Earth
  • 2011—18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, California USA: Time and Space
  • 2009—White Box Gallery, New York, USA: Andrew Rogers: Odysseys and Sitings (1998–2008)
  • 2008—William Mora Galleries, Richmond, Australia
  • 2007—Poprad, Slovakia: Rhythms of Life I-VII
  • 2007—Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland: Rhythms of Life I-VII
  • 2007—James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, California USA
  • 2007—William Mora Gallery, Richmond, Australia
  • 2005—Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2004—Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, U.S.A.
  • 2004—Gomboc Sculpture Park, W.A. Australia
  • 2003—Deakin University "Rhythms of Life" Survey Exhibition, Victoria, Australia
  • 2002—Auronzo di Cadore, Italy
  • 2002—Le Venezie, Treviso, Italy
  • 2002—Mudima Foundation, Milan, Italy
  • 1999—Boritzer Gray Hamano, Santa Monica, California, USA "Rhythms of Life"
  • 1998—Embassy of Australia, Washington, United States of America, "Rhythms of Life"
  • 1997—Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, Victoria, Australia, "Rhythms of Life"
  • 1994—Meridian Gallery, Victoria, Australia "Of Freedom & Will"
  • 1993—Meridian Gallery, Victoria, Australia "Mankind in the Gesture of an Individual"

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2014—Sculpture By the Sea, Sculpture Inside, Cottesloe, WA, Australia
  • 2014—Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Victoria, Australia
  • 2013—Art Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2013—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2013—Sydney Contemporary, Sydney, Australia
  • 2013—Pulse Art Fair, New York, USA
  • 2013—Art Stage Singapore, Singapore
  • 2012—Scope Basel, Switzerland
  • 2012—The Wynne Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2011—The Sculpture Foundation and the City of West Hollywood, California USA: Elemental
  • 2011—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2011—Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2011—Scope Basel, Switzerland
  • 2011—Rassegna Internazionale Di Scultura Di Roma
  • 2010—Art Basel, Miami, USA
  • 2010—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2010—Scope Basel, Switzerland
  • 2010—Art Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2009—Yeshiva University Museum, New York, USA
  • 2008—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2007—Sculpture By the Sea, Cottesloe, WA, Australia
  • 2007—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2007—Corniche Art Fair, Venice, Italy
  • 2006—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2005—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2004—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2004—Geelong Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia
  • 2003—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2002—Art Singapore - Contemporary Asian Art, Singapore
  • 2002—Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2001—Sofa, Chicago, USA
  • 1998—Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, USA
  • 1998—Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia
  • 1997—Sculpture at Heidelberg Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia
  • 1994—4th Australian Contemporary Art Fair

Awards (finalist)[edit]

  • 2012—Mt Buller Sculpture Award, Victoria, Australia
  • 2012—Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2012—McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Survey & Award, Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia
  • 2011—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2011—Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2010—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • 2007—Contempora2, Sculpture Award at Docklands, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2007—Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, WA, Australia
  • 2006—Sculpture by the Sea
  • 2005—McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Survey & Award
  • 2004—Chicago Navy Pier Walk
  • 2004—Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award
  • 2003—McClelland Survey and Sculpture Park, Victoria, Australia
  • 2002—Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, NSW, Australia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article, The Australian: Rhythms of Life to help improve Games vibes, Katrina Strickland, 16 November 2005.
  2. ^ Essay: "Rhythms of Life", "Andrew Rogers Geoglyphs Rhythms of Life", Author, Eleanor Heartney. Published by Edizioni Charta Milano, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Catalogue: Rhythms of Life 1-V11 ISBN 978-9979-9632-7-1, 2007.
  4. ^ El Señor De Los Báculos: iconografía andina sin tiempo, Ximena Jordan, 2010. http://revista.escaner.cl/node/1794.
  5. ^ A Vision From Three Perspectives, An Archaeological Approach to 'Ancient Language'. Ximena Jordan, 2004
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JE0G6tlP2A

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