Leslie Rogers - PlayThings
In the summer of 2015, artists Leslie Rogers and Nelly Kate set off on a 9000 mile performance tour across the U.S. titled ‘Merikan Merkintile. PLAY/THINGS is the resulting internalization and articulation of accumulated experiences, a meditation on the state of the union. In the installation the object’s meaning is oblique, and narrative centers on the map. Not unlike the sprawling stories of road life that have come before it, these works explore the underbelly of Americana, its food, culture, crafts, manufacturedhistories and ideologies. What sets Roger’s insight apart is the refusal to bend towards common sense. Life is an experiment and the outcome is not predetermined, preconceptions of gender, labor and nationalism are approached with a healthy skepticism, padded with humor. Humor provides the key to this work and it is necessary to reverse engineer the joke to reveal meaning. Ultimately, we ask you to joyously abandon romantic notions of journey and catharsis. Revel in the unearthing and production of art, life and mischief.
Chase Freedom by swiping the jumbo credit card flag. Staged atop a wooden puzzle map of the continental U.S., Rogers conflates sculpture, prop, memento, and regional potato chip. At October 24th’s performance, you may find potato chip healing crystals, an authority figure who is sorry, a tiny tour van, western wear, and possible tea bagging.