Jason Rogenes «Project 9.08f - Chimera» 1999.
Jason Rogenes uses the packing materials of electronic devices such as computers, stereo components and televisions to create sculptural forms that provide an odd fusion of high-tech imagery and do-it-yourself robustness. Rogenes, who was on hand to see his work pass on to German collections for the first time, has shown recently at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the New Museum in New York. Lit from inside and suspended from above, Rogenes' Styrofoam sculpture, entitled Chimera, suggested an oversized ray gun or a miniature spaceship.
In the project space, Jason Rogenes presents a sculpture relating to the particular shape of the space.
Jason Rogenes uses mundane packing materials, such as cardboard and styrofoam, to create sculptural constructions that conjure a sense of utopia.
Firmly rooted in the consumer waste of the here and now, Jason's towering space stations project into the future, or more accurately, into visions of the future, visions that are equally defined by utopian desire and factual failure. As his sculptures dissect the manifold positive and negative spaces of the found styrofoam used to protect the valuable electronics we buy, they become an indirect reflection of our consumerist desires. Their mesmerizing attraction is less a result of material perfection, but rather from a handmade aesthetic that undermines their monumental gesture and complex shifts of scale.
Connected to the space by electrical cords and illuminated with fluorescent light from within, Rogenes' sculptures radiate a utopian sense of presence.