2017 TOURING EXHIBITION: FOUNTAIN ROAD
TOUR QUOTES - a few things people have said about the work
“Not many works of art engage me and make me feel something like this”
"Just like his other work, Seven Billion Names of God…All True creates time to think, opening up space for thought. There’s no specific emotion, but an emptiness where ideas arrive unexpectedly. Like with a lot of his stuff – time gets altered.”
“Amazing work, so very spiritual...”
“Beautiful show...glorious and thought provoking images, wonderful music.”
“Fantastic and beautiful - Seven Billion Names of God is completely mesmerising.”
“Thank you for the real touching exposition. Hope to get some of this wonderful music.”
“Love the music and pictures – Songs For The Hard Earth And Dreaming – fantastic!!”
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OSLO EXHIBITION POSTER
WORKS FEATURED IN THE TOUR
THE FOUNTAIN PROJECT
First installed in the James Turrell Skyspace, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.
Winner: The Peoples Prize – Wells Art Contemporary
“Having seen Roger’s work at the Dark Rooms I knew we were in for a treat with the Fountain Project. For one evening only James Turrell’s Skyspace hosted video and soundworks of majestic scale and impact. The audience lingered longer than was needed or usual, clearly spellbound by the quiet power of the occasion. Beautiful, hypnotic and magical were the words I heard later as folk yielded to the pressing need to describe the experience.” Neil Armstrong, Director, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Aching like an angel see there’s beauty in the tears that fall so real
here in the garden as you grow I entreat you now to feel
the new road climbing see it rising now reaching out to you
the new road climbing, the sweet earth calling just for you...
‘Roger’s work is conceived with a profound love of the mediums of light and cinema and from a truthful engagement with people. In a recent installed work (The Dark Rooms) he used the lush, generous archetypal imagery of roads and mountains and fused them with familiar landmarks, creating an immersive collective experience.
The sound of visitors wandering through the room melded with the layered soundtrack of testimonials concerning the night sky. Their body language reflected their wonder as they emerged from darkness and realised that they were the subject within the spectacle of film.'
Filmed within the beauty of the Louvre…….a cathedral, different people, looking up at the same ceiling……..
“I love this work, like looking into a fire, being absorbed by its energy. An ecstatic moment….”
“We each saw something different but came to find the same beauty…”
“We spent much time with this piece of art and shared the feelings and visions that it evokes. It moves with a beauty of slowness. Lovely.”
The Tibetan word bardo - "transitional state" or "liminal state". Bardo 7.08 explores a visual transition between Christianity and Buddhism. Oil on copper.
As a filmmaker Roger Thorp has collaborated with painter Jesse Leroy Smith on a project exploring shifting creeds and ethnicity. The Pantheist, a series of 7 animated paintings made on copper. From abstract colour human heads emerge, defined through cultural and religious iconography only to dissolve amidst relentless pigment and light. Pantheism - the belief that all reality is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.
Shelter, returning to Berlin. Hear the song.