Jason Rogenes

Jason Rogenes works with white Styrofoam, but not Styrofoam in regular geometries (like Jason Powers) rather, he works with waste– the styrofoam used in electronics packaging. Instead of keeping answering machines, computers or coffee pots in place, these nonuniform pieces are usually lit from within, in combinations that can sprawl along walls like works of architectural science fiction, or can assemble in aggregated, columns that resemble spacecraft that somehow floated in an art gallery. I can’t think of other instances where the translucency of styrofoam becomes this pronounced, light pooling in the shapes of missing consumer goods. But with walls covered in back-lit Styrofoam, who would miss an old answering machine?

Alex

3 Comments Jason Rogenes

  1. Matthieu December 16, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Hey,
    I don’t know since when he is working this way, but it might be copied from Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

    http://www.yoshiakikaihatsu.com/myworks.htm
    He is working that way since at least 2003.

  2. Matthieu December 16, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Sorry,
    my bad, should have watched all pictures before commenting. It seems that two guys had a similar idea more or less at the same time.

  3. Sarah March 7, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    sorry for late reply…Jason has been working with this material since the early 90’s and published as early as 1996 in the LA times and Artweek, and then even in “Frieze” in 1998. Those are a few of the many reviews…but just to give you the beginning of the time line.

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