Les Rogers: Question of the Frame

Les Rogers, July 15th (courtesy Half Gallery)
Les Rogers, July 15th (courtesy Half Gallery)

Jonathan Beer reviews the exhibition Les Rogers: Summer Swells at Half Gallery, New York, on view through September 2, 2012.

Beer writes: "At first glance the modestly sized abstract works appear to be inside strange wooden frames; a thick black line outlining each painting. With a closer look it becomes clear that the frame and painting are in fact one and the same. The only thing separating ‘frame’ from image is a wobbly router line painted black. What appears kitchy is surprisingly the opposite – this is not the same collage sensibility trending in painting for the past 15 years, this is an honest investigation into the intricacies of both the image and its context."