We had the good fortune of connecting with alain rogier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi alain, what do you want people to remember about you?
i want my legacy to be that i fully explored life and served as a catalyst to others to explore the human condition and , ultimately engage in improving it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Each of my paintings is a part of an internal dialogue regarding the human condition. I start with the perspective of knowing that but for Auschwitz i would not be alive. My parents initially met there. i then filter my imagination and composition to reflect the images, colors, grittiness of having spent my first seven years growing up in a Paris, France that still reflected post World War II hardships and economic struggles. The grittiness of a Truffaut movie, the internal skepticism, if not cynical perspective, on mankind ‘s generosity, having spent decades focusing on criminal and divorce law, pulls me toward conflict and conflict resolution. the continual pursuit for optimism creates discordant images against my knowledge of reality. The dialogue generates many high and low marks of light and darkness. my paintings search for an internal serenity that acknowledges that passivity is not a option. I seek engage in a dialogue between the work and the viewer. this conversation will hopefully change with every viewing. the challenge is to create enough space for this conversation to take place and hope that the viewer has been engaged by the work. I try to avoid “pretty.”
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
will rogers park,santa monica/venice beach,
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first shout out is to my muse and spouse Sandra Lauterbach, herself an artist and formerly a lawyer. Its was at her suggestion that i started taking art classes. Her critical eyes and support are the pillars of my confidence. The next significant shout-out is to LaddieJohn Dill who suggested that i quit practicing law and focus on my art. he has consistently stood behind me. after quitting law, he proposed that we have two person exhibition. he has consistently supported me since then. we are currently working on another joint exhibition for the Brand library gallery in Glendale for 2022 (deferred because of the pandemic.) I have also been fortunate to receive guidance and support from Peter Frank, Constance Malinson, Yvette Gellis. Alexis Smith introduced me to collage. Bonita Helmer recommended laddie to me after taking her class at Otis Art Institute of Art and Design. The late Lydia Takeshita of Los Angeles Artcore was instrumental in having my work exhibited in at numerous cities in Japan, as well as in Paris,France in addition to both of her galleries in Los Angeles. I treasure my relationships with all of them. Peter and Constance have been instrumental in having my work exhibited in new venues. I treasure all of these relationships. There are many friends who have patiently viewed and critically viewed my art that I must thank. Amongst these are Cornelia H., George R., Malina G, Jimmy B, and Pat W. who have not been timid in their perspectives and comments.