I Can't Stop Thinking About Yesterday
Jen Bekman Gallery is pleased to present I Can’t Stop Thinking About Yesterday, photographs by Kent Rogowski. I Can’t Stop Thinking About Yesterday is Rogowski’s second solo exhibition at the gallery.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 19th, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I Can’t Stop Thinking About Yesterday will be on view Saturday, October 20th, through Sunday, November 25th, 2012.
Rogowski’s photographs explore the language and sensibilities that surround the drive behind and constructs of personal improvement, showing how the ever-thriving genre of "self help" acts as a portrait for the modern condition. By thematically grouping and arranging the spines and title pages of self-improvement publications—Hours of Power; Don’t Send Me Any Rainbows; Yes, I Am Happy Now—Rogowski charts the course of nearly every human emotion and experience. Patterns and contradictions emerge as the eye weaves through each title, morphing from linear to circular narrative and back again—am I beginning, ending, or is it the beginning of the end? The viewer is left with the lasting question of what it means in our society to confront pain and crisis. In the fragility of heightened emotions, what are the commonalities and bonds within myriad philosophies and varying vernacular? Choosing photography, Rogowski condenses hundreds of books into a singular dimension and entity, flattening the individual experience that is at the heart of the self help movement. Unifying the sprawling medium, Rogowski creates a frank and harmonizing investigation into the many fragments within the human experience.
Gallery founder Jen Bekman notes:
Here, Kent lays out the thorny world of “self help,” that dirty, open secret; he’s giving us permission to pay close attention to something that we normally wouldn’t be caught dead diving into in public. And characteristically, he takes a scientific approach to trying to unravel the beautiful mess that is our psyches. Kent is an artist on an earnest expedition for meaning and what he ends up doing is celebrating this similar pursuit in all of us.
Kent Rogowski is an artist/photographer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In 2000, Rogowski received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is now a critic. He has also taught at the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York. His first monograph, Bears, was published by powerHouse books in 2007. He has had solo shows in New York at both the Foley Gallery and the Jen Bekman Gallery. His first European solo show opened at the In Focus Gallery in Cologne, Germany, in 2009.
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