Profile: Henry Rogers

Profile: Henry Rogers

2012-11-27 Henry Rogers

Henry Rogers is the Arts Based Masters Programme Director, MA Fine Art and MA Queer Studies Course Director and a PhD supervisor in the School of Art, BIAD. In 1987 he gained a first class pass in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art where he was awarded the Watt Medal for Excellence in a field of study. In 1989 he gained a Masters in Painting from the Royal College of Art. In 1990 he was awarded the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award to live and work in the USA and in 2001 he became an Abbey Fellow at the British School at Rome. Since 1990 he has worked in art schools in the UK and between 1986 and 2002 he lived and worked in Florence, Paris, New York and Rome. He is an interdisciplinary practitioner working with drawing, painting, photography and writing. He is concerned with formality, mediation and mimesis in art with particular reference to queer theory and queer strategies in art practice. The MA Queer Studies in Arts and Culture (an internationally unique M level award) has emerged from his research. He has initiated projects addressing the impact of performance and performativity on art based production.

The key concern is the investigation of queer theory as a potential new paradigm within the context of art towards a consideration of the intricacies of art’s interdisciplinarity in practice and research that produces new knowledge and insights by which art is re-imagined when viewed through a queer lens or queer apparatus. This involves some engagement with performance art, performativity, the production of art, and the consideration of objects as the residue of performance practice which renders them as precariously unsettled and potentially troublesome artefacts rather than art. Through a consideration of the elasticity of the term ‘queer’ [at what point does queer stop being queer?] this has involved developing research into subjectivity, queer’s linguistic etymology and acts of queering in relationship to the impact that queer theory’s concern with performativity has had on our understanding of the construction of human subjects and the implications for art and its reception.

PhD Supervision

Grace Williams – The Supernatural Sex - 2012 – 2015 Funded by the Gertrude Aston Bowater Bequest
Lisa Metherell – Queer Encounters in Art - 2007 – 2010 Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Jacqueline Taylor – writing//painting: l’ecriture feminine and difference in making - 2007 – 2012 Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professional Activities

2011 – present: Invited to be a peer reviewer for the Journal of Homosexuality, San Francisco State University, USA. (This refereed journal is published by the publishers - Taylor and Francis Group, LLC).
2002 - Abbey Fellowship in Painting, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy. January/ March.

Selected Exhibitions

September 2010 When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever -125 Anniversary Exhibition School of Art, Birmingham
Nov – Jan 2008 The Art of Birmingham The Waterhall Gallery, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Birmingham.
October 2005 ExRoma British School at Rome Survey Show, APT Gallery, London.
May – Sept 2005 The Nature of Things: An Exploration of Beauty, Utopia and Decadence The Waterhall Gallery, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Birmingham.

Selected Publications

January 2013 Queertexturealities, Edited publication, Article Press, [concept originator/ introduction + chapter]
December 2012 Civil Partnership: All About My Mother’s Shame Zetesis journal [refereed journal.]
November 2012 I see what you’re saying!-The materialisation of words in contemporary art Edited publication produced in association with Ikon Gallery [concept originator – introduction + chapter].
November 2007 The Art of Queering Art Edited publication, Article Press [concept originator/ introduction + chapter] ISBN 978 1873352 748.
June 2006 Art Becomes You: Parody, Pastiche and the Politics of Art. Materiality in a Post-material Paradigm (Introductory Chapter and Afterword) / BIAD/ IKON Gallery. Publisher: Article Press. ISBN 1 873352 98 0
2006 Exploding Dandy Chapter in Book. Publisher: Artspace, Sidney, Australia. ISBN 1 920781 16 1.
2005 The Nature of Things: An Exploration of Beauty, Utopia and Decadence Introductory chapter in exhibition catalogue. Publisher: BM&AG. ISBN 0 7093 0244 4.


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