Juxtapoz Magazine - Bryan Rogers "Woodland" @ Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz Magazine – Bryan Rogers “Woodland” @ Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC

Monya Rowe Gallery is excited to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Bryan Rogers titled Woodland.

“Just just before the pandemic, I moved to South Orange, NJ. I beloved the architecture and heritage, especially the submit workplace and its’ WPA-commissioned mural [The Works Progress Administration was created by President Roosevelt in 1935, during one of the bleakest years of the Great Depression]. The mural’s painter was Bernard Perlin. Perlin’s tableaux was an idealized, symbolic slice of everyday living of the area group. I was motivated by the mural’s official features, as nicely as the paradoxical rigidity and placidity of the men depicted. I preferred to do my possess consider on determine and landscape painting, and made use of Perlin’s mural as a scaffold of an idea to build my personal earth.

“Staying queer is intrinsic to my romance to the planet, how I interact with other people today, and the work I make. My figures are an amalgam of middle-aged queer guys with whom I’m most acquainted/familial: myself, my brother, and my partner. The adult men in my paintings are nude. Their nudity returns them to an animalistic condition. They are not predators — I consider of them as like deer going by the woods or goldfish in an aquarium. They do not think about how foolish and susceptible they might be, and they keep on being this way as long as they continue to keep to their enclosures.” —Bryan Rogers, New Jersey, 2022