NYS Veterans Hall of Fame

Dave Rogers, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Iraq (1990-91), Bosnia (1997), as a first responder at the World Trade Center (2001) and in homeland security in New York (2002-2004), is a New York-based Neo-POP sculptor, painter, installation artist and independent curator. His work has been shown nationally in such areas as New York, Miami, New Jersey and Connecticut, and internationally in China, Korea, Germany, England, France, Mongolia, Switzerland and Spain.

Mr. Rogers recently founded and served as Chairman for the Arts on Terry Street Arts Fair in Patchogue, which brings artists and art groups from across Long Island together for a street Arts Fair in Patchogue. Though only in its first year, Arts on Terry Street has attracted close to 11 Art Organizations, close to 500 artists and 1,200 visitors.

Mr. Rogers spent seven years as a professor of art and visiting lecturer in art and design in China, where he also worked with the Disabled Peoples Art Union. He worked as an instructor at two different art organizations on Long Island and currently serves as an art advisor and lecturer for emerging artists and young collectors. He has won many awards for his work and is the recipient of the O’Malley Grant in Fine Art from Long Island University.

Mr. Rogers’ work with disabled and disadvantaged people began when he was in high school. He continued this work throughout his college years and time in the Army where he was recognized for his outstanding community service. Mr. Rogers worked with the Special Olympics organization, helped train athletes, and was booked as an inspirational speaker by programs throughout the country. He represents several disabled artists from the U.S. and overseas, helping them showcase their art. In addition, he also works with several veterans’ arts organizations, helping them promote art for disabled veterans. While stationed in Korea, Mr. Rogers became a sponsorship leader for a local orphanage, raising over $10,000 to help the orphanage repair its living quarters and purchase books for residents.

After becoming disabled while in service to his country, Mr. Rogers went back to college, attended the Academy of Art University, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts with Honors from SUNY Old Westbury, and an MFA in Sculpture from Long Island University.

Published by daves-studio

I truely believe that "Even ordinary life can be immortilized through art". I have always been awed by the mystery of how people are connected and for most of my life as an artist I have looked for new ways to express what was inside of me, what I was feeling and how I wanted people to view and understand what I wanted to say. This caused me to restrict my art to forms that others could understand. I was speaking to the masses, but I was not using my own voice. Over time I realized that it was not so important weather people truly understood what I was saying but rather that I was speaking so I started to look for the way to think out loud and be heard and have found that voice in papercutting. My work is a mixture of Eastern and Western Art that I started after a visit to China in 2004. while there I discovered the ancient and demanding art of Chinese paper cutting and line drawing. On my return from China I began to make connections between the craft of paper cutting and my years as a soldier. The results of this unusual connection have been beautiful two and three dimentional metaphors of the importance of time and the fragility of life and democracy. Paper cutting itself can be found in many cultures and just like in China those cultures for the most part have thought of it as a decorative or folk art, few artists have explored the idea of using this form of art in a more substantive way. It is part of what has attracted me to papercutting in the first place. While the beauty of paper cutting was appealing, more appealing was the idea of using this fragile material to represent serious and even realistic ideas. The process that I use for my paper structures is the same as found in traditional Chinese paper cutting. What is different is the paper, the way it is displayed and the topics talked about in the art. It is these differences in the works that make them stand out from other forms of paper cutting and structures. Instead of using traditional types of paper for papercutting I have made the cuttings out of aluminum or mirror paper. The paper was chosen for its reflective properties, not just for making the art brighter but for the ability of the viewer to see reflections of themselves in the art, showing a connection between the viewers and the subjects in the work. While most paper cutting are laid flat on the board these works are placed between two pieces of glass in the front of the frame allowing the light to cast shadows on the background, making these papercutting sculptures of art. The other aspect of this work that is different from traditional paper cutting is that each piece is individually designed and not mass produced. This is an important aspect of my work as it is about keeping the appeal of POP art while reducing the images to singular forms. My hope for the future is to continue to explore ways to bridge the techniques and styles of paper cutting and western ideals of art. Not just as a way for me to produce my art but as a way to communicate western ideas in Asia and Asian ideas in the West. For art is the only true international language that all people no matter where they come from can appreciate, and it is through art that we can learn about other cultures beyond mere words.

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