fertile ground

November 18, 2019

Fashion designer turned artist, Rogan Gregory makes furniture and lighting that is as sculptural as it is functional. Wood, bronze, concrete, marble, beach sand, alabaster, granite and semi-precious stones are among the materials he explores. His pendents –– womb like –– are breathtaking. And this one, made from gypsum, looks like another planet. I was taken by this film of REM’s Michael Stipe in conversation with Gregory. “The result isn’t the answer, it’s the process.” Much of his work takes place in and around his home in Amagansett, New York. It’s pretty beautiful to watch him handling rocks down at the beach. “The shapes are dictated by what the material is telling me to do,” says Rogan of the meditative state he achieves while making. Stripe ends with a thought about the 21st Century, and the vastness of material that we have at our disposal. “There’s so much to learn, and so much to know. You have to be very careful about what you want to look at and what you want to listen to. Because we all have finite time here.”

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