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Will Rogan’s practice reflects the poignant, ironic, disastrous and beautiful in the urban and domestic landscapes around him. Rogan uses this material for artistic interventions, which often highlight the profound and analytical in everyday life. Taking a playful stance on mundane situations and structures, Rogan's work merges the critical with the poetic. Obliquely referencing themes of Memento Mori and Vanitas, Rogan investigates the arc of time, yet avoids nostalgia by focusing on the humor and warmth imbued in the objects and situations he tackles.

Shinpei Kusanagi’s landscapes are both dynamic and understated. Leaving much of the canvas raw, his minimal strokes of acrylic create figures, space and movement. Using simple geometric shapes, Kusanagi subtly implies the windows and architectural planes that create the familiar geography of urban landscapes. Efficient marks imply the curve of a sidewalk, while a single brush of green evokes a tree. The broadly applied atmospheric washes of color leave the landscapes devoid of specific detail, as they seem to evoke the memory of a place rather than the place itself.

Photography’s multidisciplinary potential is central to Sara VanDerBeek’s work. Using the history of photography and its relationship to sculpture and film technologies, VanDerBeek observes the particularities of various cultures and artifacts, revealing recurring forms that exist through out time and across civilizations.

Altman Siegel
Claudia Altman-Siegel

1150 25th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Shown at LISTE:

Will Rogan, 1975, US

Shinpei Kusanagi, 1973, JP

Sara VanDerBeek, 1976, US