Jason Rogenes has explored the possibilities of expanded polystyrene, better known as Styrofoam, for more than ten years. By working with discarded materials, Rogenes continues the long tradition of 20th century artists who challenged the notion that art-making requires precious or expensive materials. Rogenes is also motivated by environmental concerns, and hopes that viewers will acknowledge that the accumulation in his sculptures reflects only an infinitesimal percentage of the consumer packaging sent to landfills across the globe daily.
Rogenes received an MFA degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a BA from the University of California, San Diego. He also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Pomona College Museum, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and at the Chicago International Sculpture Exhibition and group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine; the Wilhelm Hack Museum / Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and the Whitney Museum at Altria in New York City.
While in residence at APSU, Rogenes will be creating a large scale sculpture in the Morgan University Center.