Laura Phelps Rogers

  • Blue Sky Out To Dry, Site Specific Installation at Republic Plaza, Denver, Colorado
  • View from within the installation: A SPACE IN TIME at the James Richey Gallery in the Lakewood civic Center, Lakewood CO 2013
  • Title: Containing Nature, Medium: Cast Bronze, digital photography and mixed, Year 2013
  • 1100 PIECES a socially interactive installation, available for corporate and municipal events
  • ENTERTAIN a performance and installation, medium: large scale photographic mural and mixed media, recently exhibited at RedLine Denver May 2013 and at Edge Gallery with 1100 PIECES July 2013
  • Site specific installation. Title: POTATO OGHAMS, medium: potatoes, wire, dirt grass and steel, Location: Ballyvaughn, Ireland
  • Title: ENTROPY medium: Cast Iron and mixed media, year 2012
  • Title: YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE, medium: cast bronze and mixed media, year 2012
  • From the solo show: A WOMAN'S WORK IS NEVER DONE in the collection of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Medical Campus, Aurora, CO title: Nipple Quilt, medium: welded steel, cast bronze, cast iron and cast tin
  • Title: Trivial Expectations, from the solo show A WOMAN'S WORK IS NEVER DONE medium: cast bronze, nylon, fiberfill and found objects materials

Artist Statement
As a contemporary artist, my mixed media, performance and three-dimensional work has had a focus on metal fabrication, iron and bronze casting. Site specificity together with digital photography plays a critical role in my creative process, site specific work, installation and mixed media work. Metal casting and the technical process of substitution led to cultivating familiarities in a narrative approach. The backbone of my conceptual process developed from that narrative approach into visual dynamics allowing me to layer personal, or somewhat autobiographical memories. Utilizing both a historic and contemporary viewpoint, I developed a multi-generational interpretative process which incorporates broad cultural memories driven by popular culture, branding and cultural expectations with a critical look at tasks and outcomes. I allow that nostalgia to bloom into familiarities and blend together with humorous and playful aspects of life while addressing some of the more serious outcomes of life. Diversity of topics led me to Integrate social and cultural constructs to build and reveal connections and layers to develop those narratives and familiarities. I frequently incorporate social memory and documentation of disappearing aspects of life while expanding ideas and concepts to include larger topics relating to changing cultural and physical landscapes as well as gender shifts. Utilizing natural materials to highlight and express shifts is an important part of my multidisciplinary practice. Growing and utilizing regional foodstuffs to grass sculptures and crop art are all means of expression that led to a significant portion of my work focusing on women and women’s roles. Investigating where women started and where they are now as part of western civilization and documenting those changes, within a 200-year window, has been my primary focus. Continually experimenting and researching a memory-based approach thru a contemporary visual dialogue, my practice addresses and references expectations pertaining to historic interpretations of women’s work into visual dialogues. Pursuing investigations documenting time, place, emotion, reaction, roles, expectations, modernization, labor and change, I find myself continually deciphering my work and practice through self-identification frequently finding connections to the west and womanhood within that context. Conceptual notions of the current feminist era paralleling needs of underrepresented marginalized social sectors has become an element of my comparative process to develop new work, social engagement projects and the critical examinations required to perpetuate the driving forces within my work.
My agricultural roots have served to provide material for my work. While large scale environments, public work and large-scale photography remain my current focus. Disappearing open space is highlighted and portrayed thru my inherent interest in the western landscape and how historically it has been portrayed thru a romanticized lens. The contrasts between rural and urban set a stage for current work. The engagement of viewers, connecting the community and providing cross cultural experiences through large scale social engagement projects, narratives and site-specific work all continue to be a driving force within my practice.
As my practice has grown, so has the scale of my work. Gallery work continues to be studies or as maquettes for those larger works. Playing with scale and contrasting the impermanent with the permanent or the monumental with the human scale.
My visual practice utilizes a team to facilitate projects – from civil engineering to the seamless integration of ideas and concepts with structural and durability concerns addressed. This team approach allows the opportunity to pursue public and large scale private work through a cost-effective means to fabrication, installation, material choices and in-house scale conversions as part of the creative process.
I always feel extremely fortunate to have had clarity of purpose and plethora of subject matter to make art from.

Biography
Laura received her degree in Sculpture in Colorado, at the University of Colorado Denver. She has numerous gallery, exhibition, representation and membership connections. Her work can be seen nationally and internationally. Working from her Studio/Gallery in the Upper Larimer District of RINO in Denver, Colorado – 3240design LLC and fooLPRoof contemporary art. She bases her multidisciplinary Contemporary Art practice in Colorado and currently has a large social engagement project that just returned to the Mainland from Hawaii, that will continue to travel the Mainland and Hawaii over the next 6 years. Laura has exhibited throughout the United States and Internationally. She has had over 14 solo exhibitions, just completing a solo exhibition featuring 4 of those exhibitions in an anthology format at the Women’s College at the University of Denver. Her work has been included at the Denver Art Museum and is a part of numerous collections. She has featured public work on display on the Anschutz Medical Campus and recently completed a unique indoor public work for Lamar Station Crossing. The Talsi Regional Museum in Latvia recently acquired one of her sculptures. Cited in the Resource for Transdisciplinary Practice 2015 from the University of Northern Colorado “Art In The Everyday” conference – as an artist who use recontextualization – Laura has presented at several professional conferences pertaining to her visual practice, the Changing West and Narrative Identity in visual practice. Laura recently produced a 250’ crop artwork that was included collaboratively in the Vancouver Biennial. Recent Art In Public Places includes the Colorado State Capitol, Republic Plaza, The Loveland Library and the Volcano Art Center. Westword art news online and print paper have featured Laura on numerous occasions including her as a “Colorado Creative” and featuring her at “Artopia 2016.

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    • Studio/Gallery: 3240 Larimer St
    • Denver CO 80205
    • 303-641-3472

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