Will Rogan’s (b. 1975) multifaceted work often reflects on prosaic manifestations of time’s passage that he identifies in his local environs, whether in a mural in Berkeley he passes regularly on his bike or on a coffee mug he drinks from in his studio. Primarily taking the form of photography, collage, sculpture, or video, Rogan’s work possesses a subtlety and quietude that inspire thoughtful consideration of the material effects of time and space. For MATRIX 253, Rogan’s first solo exhibition in a museum, the artist has created a new body of work that explores various time scales—past, present, and future—as evinced in a reversed order or a backward motion. The exhibition radiates conceptually from a video he collaborated on with his brother; together they constructed a hearse that drives forward from the rear, and then recorded it moving. Sculptures and photographs, too, exhibit an inverted state, including a picture of a ruler that measures length from right to left, made by his daughter, and a sculpture of a plastic camera from Time magazine that possesses antipodal features.
Rogan received his M.F.A. from UC Berkeley in 2006, and since then has exhibited widely both locally and internationally. For a recent series of photographs reproduced in the art journal cura., he captured all the objects that he made that left his studio, including personal gifts for loved ones and his own artwork. Throughout the process, the mundane was transfigured into a poetic work of art, as he infused an air of mystery into those everyday objects that shape personal experience. Since 2007, Rogan has coedited THE THING Quarterly with artist Jonn Herschend, producing objects by dozens of artists and writers including Allora & Calzadilla, Trisha Donnelly, and Trevor Paglen.
Will Rogan / MATRIX 253 is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator. The MATRIX Program is made possible by a generous endowment gift from Phyllis C. Wattis and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees.