We are pleased to announce ‘Sweet Illusion', a new solo exhibition by the American figurative artist Terry Rodgers at TORCH gallery. Opening on 16 November, this show features some of Rodgers’ most recent works. In his instantly recognizable cinematic paintings, beauty, sexuality and luxury portray a world with illusory promises. His complex large-scale compositions are an examination of our contemporary world. In this exhibition, Rodgers also takes a more intimate view of this world. Stepping closer to his large-scale complex paintings with multiple figures, these works zoom-in on one or two individuals.
This show will be part of Amsterdam Art Weekend, 21 – 24 November. On Saturday 23 November 14:00 – 15:30, the new book 'Sweet Illusion' will be presented along with a conversation with the artist.
Most of Rodgers’ compositions are based on photographic collages in which the artist builds a confection from our collective imagination. These elements are then painted on linen creating a two-dimensional world which the viewer is invited to explore – perhaps the conflicting notions of isolation and desire.
The characters in Rodgers’ paintings are surrounded by all the signs of a perfect life – luxury homes, abundant jewelry, precious fabrics, attractive bodies – but the question of satisfaction looms eerily. The promise suggested by the life depicted in these paintings is perhaps but an illusion.