Bart Habermiller generously led the Love Art in Calgary tour group through the exhibit, Journeyman: A Ten Year Survey by Bill Rodgers, a beautiful complement/continuation of the exhibit that opened last night at the Nickle Arts Museum out at the University of Calgary.
Bill was a huge influence while I studied at ACAD during my year of sabbatical from CCSD #1. We shared many conversations about my practice and my ideas. He was a very generous person when it came to authentic communications about my progress. He saw me through the process of creating these works…
That year I established a new direction for my work and never really looked at the practice of painting for commercial art galleries the same afterwards. Of course, there were other influences during my study…influences like visiting lecturer, Rene Derouin and the exploration of his work during his Glenbow and CAG exhibits, but Bill Rodgers and artist, William MacDonell were key. That year of study was a blessing-year.
Because I came from this relationship with Bill Rodgers, the works on display at SQ Commons seemed to reach out and grab me. It was a truly emotional experience. I used a pinhole setting on my camera and so my readers will enjoy truer colour if they view the works at this particular link. I DO, however, enjoy the nostalgic sensibility of this particular lens as it speaks to me personally about the residual experience of Bill’s grander influence on my life. There is the art and then there is the art of living.