Magazine Vancouver April 2001
© Mia Johnson
Since 1988, Saskatchewan painter Sasha Rogers (daughter of
Otto) has taught and exhibited in Toronto. This much-anticipated
exhibit is her first on the West Coast. "Flux" is
an elegant series of paintings charged with light and atmosphere.
Like packets of light in the optic array, Rogers has layered
stroke upon stroke of paint to build strata of suffused energy.
Each horizontally-divided half is equalized at the point of
interface with a boundary of tautness. The spaces above and
below absolutely glow with the sheen of subtle colouration.
They seem to rise and fall upward and downward from the centre
out, in great blossoms of light. They are simultaneously warm
and cool, alive and still, liquid and frozen. Rogers' paintings
succeed on many meditative levels, from the spiritual and
intellectual to the material and emotional. As she puts it,
"meaning occurs between what is invented and what is
invited." At first glance, it is hard not to read them
as landscapes, with simple landforms and expanses of water
below skies. In fact, titles like Prairie Light or Shifting
Wind seem to emphasize their corporeality. But a longer, more
reflective reading brings forward subtle internal marks and
gestures that contradict the obvious. And by this time it
is too late - the viewer will be caught in their hypnotic