Fawn Rogers

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Fawn Rogers
Born Portland, Oregon
Nationality American
Known for Painting, Photography, Mixed Media, Video installation
Notable work "Court"; "I Love You and That Makes Me God"; "Visible Light";
Website http://www.fawnrogers.com/

Fawn Rogers (born in Portland, Oregon) is a Los Angeles-based contemporary[1] artist. Through painting, photography, video, and sculptural installation, Rogers addresses the idea of power as the currency of nature and human interaction, while her aesthetic incorporates realism, conceptualism, and the synthesis of text and image. Concerned with systems of the natural world and social constructionism, her art accepts nature as a full range of existence, including violence, innocence, and invention. She has shown her paintings, photographs, and conceptual installations in museums and galleries, alongside non-traditional locations on four continents.[2][3]


Rogers' first solo exhibition, "Jewels, Gods, and Dust," was a three-story site-specific installation displayed in Pune, India in 1993. Other works also include, "Kokoro" in Tokyo in 1995, and "Earth to Hand" in Marche, Italy in 1999.[4]

In 2002 Rogers was co-curator of a group exhibition titled, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Seven of her paintings were featured along with works by Joseph Bueys, Roger Herman, Robert Longo, and Chris Newman; the exhibition was held at Miauhaus Studio 12 in Los Angeles. Following "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," Rogers exhibited her installation "I Like the Dark, It's Friendly" in Los Angeles.

In 2013 her artwork was selected by Dawit Yohannes of the World Bank for an ongoing corporate exhibition in Juba, South Sudan.

Rogers was commissioned for eleven original works from her "Secret Nirvanas" and "Assassination and the Exchange Rate" for First Capitol Consulting, Inc., Los Angeles in February, 2012. In 2014 Rogers' works from "Visible Light" and paintings from "I Love You And That Makes Me God," were on view at HATCH,[5] while a version of "I Love You And That Makes Me God," was displayed as a 50-story LED public installation on the American Eagle building in Time Square, New York.[6]

Assassination and The Exchange Rate, 2013

In January 2015 two of Rogers’ original works from the "Visible Light" series titled "V135459-V1211495AB" went on display at the American Airlines Admirals Club collection, located inside the Miami Airport. In February four more works from the series were added to the Embraer Executive Jets private showroom.

In May 2015 Rogers debuted "Court" at NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Art Fair and at Select Art Fair in New York City during Frieze Art Week.[7] [8][9][10]

In 2016, Rogers debuted "SUBJECT" at MOAH (Museum of Art and History) in Lancaster, California.[11][12]


"SUBJECT" was inspired by a produce truck driveshaft and the most fertile soil (Terra Petra) found in California. The installation created a propositional composition of a closed system with man-made objects, nature and the by-product of biotechnology. Rogers invited viewers to watch super weeds grow from the soil under the resurfaced produce truck drive shafts where organic and inorganic compounds slowly reach chemical equilibrium through the sedimentation of time, as nature gradually re-established its ecological balance beyond our existence. As part of the installation Rogers had invited 52 California artists to represent produce currently farmed in California as works of art on a deck of oversized playing cards.[13][14][15]

SUBJECT (Installation Detail) 'Nature and the Desecrate Machination (Or Just Shapes & Colors), MOAH, 2016


"Hero", a live stream video installation from July 31 through August 6, 2015 featured a live rat in a glass tank chewing on a pile of $20 bills, with a coalescence of digital imagery in the background. The work questioned how America creates heroes, and drew on Jackson as the force behind the Native American Removal Act and his extreme wealth accrued through slavery.[16]


"Court" is a series of 54 original acrylic and graphite paintings featuring images of art collectors chosen at random from ARTnews "Top 200" list. Each collector is presented as a playing card. "Court" debuted as both standard decks of playing cards and oversized playing cards at NADA Art Fair and Select Art Fair during the 2015 Frieze Art Week in New York City.[17] ARTNet declared that "Court" was a "really cool, interactive thing to do". Artist Michael Zelehoski commented to VICE Magazine's Creators Project, "It's refreshing to see an immersive environment in the context of an art fair".[18] Huffington Post reported that collector Martin C. Liu described "Court" as "very clever... better than I've seen at the fair.[19]

"I Love You And That Makes Me God"[edit]

"I Love You And That Makes Me God" is video art exploring the themes of convictions, power, and intimacy. The project includes vast range of participants who are filmed as they each state the expression, "I love you and that makes me god."[20]

In 2014 Rogers presented a text version of "I Love You And That Makes Me God" on a 50-story LED light installation in Times Square using the facade of the American Eagle Building. KCET reported the words lit up Time Square, "taking this very intimate statement and giving a powerful public presence."[21]

I LOVE YOU AND THAT MAKES ME GOD, Installation, American Eagle Building TImes Square, NYC, 2014

"Visible Light"[edit]

"The "Visible Light" series are images created by natural projection of electromagnetic light through purified water using a 4-foot vertical prism, then photographed with a high-powered lens.[22] Each image represents a few millimeters of light taken from the original photographs, then enlarged up to 25 feet onto various archival substrates.[23] Rogers created site specific works from the series for the Alexandria Care Center, which houses Medicare patients, in order to provide a more uplifting and beneficial environment for the elderly patients and to “inspire awareness and volunteer action on behalf of the elderly and terminally ill demographic who have little to no voice...help to promote a more egalitarian understanding of what art is really for early. In 2015, works from "Visible Light" were added to the Embraer Executive Jets private showroom and at the Admiralty Lounge Miami Airport.

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

"SUBJECT", Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA 2016

"COURT", Select Art Fair, New York, NY 2015

"Visible Light" and "I Love You And That Makes Me God", HATCH, Los Angeles, CA 2014

"Untitled" Siite-Specific Installation, Dawit Yohannes/World Bank, Juba, South Sudan, 2013[24]

Selected Exhibitions and Works[edit]

  • "Annual Bi Coastal Group Show", Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles CA, 2016
  • "SUBJECT", MOAH, Lancaster, CA, 2016
  • "Eye In the Sky",NADA Art Fair, New York, New York, 2015
  • "V135459-V1211495AB", Miami Airport American Airlines Admirals Club, Miami FL, 2015
  • "The Spirits That Lend Strength Are Visible (SP)", Embraer Executive Jets Private showroom, Melbourne, Florida, 2015
  • "I Love You And That Makes Me God", Public installation, American Eagle Building, Time Square, New York, 2014
  • Public installation of site-specific original work, Jean-Louis Bartoli, Los Angeles, 2014
  • "Visible Light",Humanefits, Los Angeles, CA,2014
  • "Assassination and the Exchange Rate",Alan Friedman Jewelry, Beverly Hills,CA, 2013
  • "Secret Nirvanas" and "Assassination and the Exchange Rate",First Capitol Consulting, Inc., Los Angeles,CA,2012
  • "Equus Fueris Caballus", 844, Los Angeles, CA, 2003
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", Miauhaus Studios, Los Angeles,CA,2002
  • "Earth to Hand", Marche, Italy, 1999
  • "I Like the Dark, It’s Friendly- The Back House", Los Angeles, CA,1998
  • "Everything I Need", Tokyo, Japan, 1997
  • "Kokoro", Shiyoka Love Hotel, Tokyo, Japan, 1995
  • "Jewels, Gods, and Dust",Three-Story Site-Specific Installation, Koregaon Park, Puna, India,1993[25]

Featured Publications[edit]


  1. ^ Borbet, Jason T. "Price Ranges And Studio Images Of 19 Contemporary Artists". Forbes.com. Forbes. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ HATCh: Fawn Rogers Interview, HatchtInc.com, Mar. 2014, Retrieved Jun. 2014
  3. ^ "Artwalk News". The Grawn. issuu. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Project and Interview Excerpt From Artist Fawn Rogers, prlog.org, Dec. 2013, Retrieved Jun. 2014
  5. ^ Fawn Rogers Interview, hatchinc.com, Mar. 2014, Retrieved Jun. 2014
  6. ^ The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers, KCET, Mar. 2015
  7. ^ SELECT ART FAIR EVENTS NOT TO MISS, HAHA MAG, May 2015, Retrieved May 2015
  8. ^ Things To Do At Select Fair, Art Net, May 2015, Retrieved May 2015
  9. ^ Lhooq, Michelle. "Frieze Week Kicks Off with Art World Poker Night". The Creators Project. VICE. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Swenson, Eric Minh. "Obtaining Self-Mastery at Frieze Week NYC". Huffington Post. Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Green Revolution - Fawn Rogers: Subject". moah.org. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "My Favorite Taco ~ Artist Fawn Rogers". LA Taco. LA Taco. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  13. ^ Taco, LA. "My Favorite Taco~Artist Fawn Rogers". 
  14. ^ "Fawn Rogers "SUBJECT" New Show at Moah". Hyde of DIe. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  15. ^ Dewberry, Chloe. "Finally, Playing Cards Fit For The Art Collector". Opening Ceremony. opening ceremony. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Derrick, Lisa. "'Hero': Fawn Rogers Confronts Andrew Jackson and America's Treatment of Native Americans". Huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  18. ^ Lhooq, Michelle. "Frieze Week Kicks Off with Art World Poker Night". The Creators Project. VICE. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Obtaining Self-Mastery At Frieze Week In NYC, Huffington Post, May 2015
  20. ^ The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers, KCET, Mar. 2015
  21. ^ The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers, KCET, Mar. 2015
  22. ^ The Visible Light Paintings of Fawn Rogers, KCET, Mar. 2015
  23. ^ Fawn Rogers- Visible Light Series, Saatchi Art, May 2014, Retrieved Jun. 2014
  24. ^ Rogers, Fawn. "Fawn Rogers CV". FawnRogers.com. FawnRogers.com. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  25. ^ Rogers, Fawn. "Fawn Rogers CV". FawnRogers.com. FawnRogers.com. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  26. ^ Rogers, Fawn. "Fawn Rogers CV". FawnRogers.com. FawnRogers.com. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 

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