Erewhon, and Other Strange Utopias

The subjects of Roger Leege's digitally manipulated photographs are by turns surreal, uncanny, and rather gorgeous. They inhabit strange utopias that exist in juxtaposition to our shared, seemingly mundane reality.

Winner of the CliFiCon22 Utopia Award for Utopian Art.

Artist statement:

“I believe that, in the best art work, regardless of artist, medium, or subject, there is a coherent, surprising, intensifying, and inseparable mixture of ‘speech’ (technical craft) and ‘story’ (creative dialog with an audience). The mix of sense and skill is essential. I’m with Paul Klee, who said, ‘One eye sees; the other feels.’ Or, put another way by Anäis Nin, ‘We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.'”

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Roger Leege

Roger Leege

Roger Leege draws on his past as a lawn boy, meat cutter, storyteller, trucker, EMT, trim carpenter, bass player, painter, embalmer’s assistant, printmaker, analog photographer, journalist, videographer, dissident, educator, computer scientist, Florida man, and very private investigator, to create words and pictures that range from straight to strange. He started out as a painter, printmaker, and an analog photographer, earning BA and MA degrees in Visual Arts from Goddard College. During postgrad university study in computer science, he was an early adopter and evangelist for digital art and artists’ tools. Selected portfolios are at www.rogerleege.net.

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