Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Day 348: Rich Rogowski

Rich Rogowski or "Rogo" as he is more well-known , is famed for his graphic and illustrative work that is silkscreened on various substrates. He is a self-taught printmaker heavily influenced by the skateboarding and punk rock aesthetic of the 80's. As an avid skateboarder, Rogo absorbed the underground culture of skateboarding, punk rock and comic books. In his work, Rogo plays off the dichotomies of an action packed arena where the symbols and graphics of these cultures mesh into a world of intense power play. The art harkens back to a day when neon colors and odd characters were heavily influenced into a pop art world of its own. Born in 1971, Rogo attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Visual Arts program in 1990, but attained most of his training through colleagues and peers with the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators as a volunteer and member from 2008-2010. As an Illustrator, Rogo has created artwork for The New Yorker Magazine, Concrete Warrior Skateboards, Tucson Roller Derby, Pacific Roller Derby ( the artwork was featured on an episode of the new Hawaii 5-0 television series), Pain Killer Products, The Besmirchers, Bricktop, The Surly Wench. Rogo has had numerous solo shows in both Pittsburgh, Pa, England, New York City, and Tucson, AZ. Mission Statement: A resurgence of the 1980's aesthetic continues to play out in the rich subculture of skateboarding. This subculture infused elements of comic books and punk rock with its own brand of imaginative visuals. The skateboarding community was tight knit and had it's own brands of clothing, musicians that made music celebrating the culture and it's own secret language. With artwork silkscreened onto the wooden skateboard decks in neon colors and shapes, the boards themselves served as wooden palettes to propel its riders into the sky and carve through empty and abandoned swimming pools. Nostalgic and earnest, this work is an amalgamation of my own inscrutable experiences as a skateboarder, music aficionado and comic book reader. Nihilistic and intense, there is still an arc of humor and optimism launched within the otherwise dark pieces. The works are silkscreened on canvas - a nod to the method in which the image was transferred to the wooden skateboard decks. A gathering of arcane elements that once only the select dedicated few recognized (logos and fashions specific to the above mentioned cultures of the time.) These elements are being appropriated into the mainstream thirty-five years later by fashion designers and art galleries impacting a broader demographic of consumers. Skateboarding's history is being written today by those who were there to originate its reality and mythology. This work pays further homage to the legacy.

B-Eye Skate


B-X Ray Hand

A-I Can't


  1. You are a wife beater user nearly killed your ex kicking her in the stomach til you have now a 2nd child who is 8 and beautiful who cant speak. Wears dieaoerscand iq of 28. You gave him 0$ if 15000 in support. You deserve a fatecbetmyind death. I will make sure all people know of you're many deeds. I'm glad you're exes recorded them. You piece of shirts low life.yourwclife iscabout to become hell. If I see you near my girl you will not walk away

  2. You nearly killed your last child by raping and beating your ex girlfriend to the point where once you push her down the stairs and repeatedly kicked her in the stomach for 20 minutes in order to try to kill the child she barely made it to escape from you because you were to be f***** up continuing to rip her clothes off and rape her so she escaped she's not the first she's just one of the many you will pay for everything that you did if it takes the rest of my life I will ruin everything you have I want to watch you sitting in a ditch slitting your wrists

  3. PS I'm 10,000 times the artist that you are making photocopies and then tracing them as much as you think that's art wow you might be the most pathetic quote-unquote famous artist I've ever heard of well when were you released the likes of such renowned artists as Picasso and Rembrandt you hit me up until then pretty sure the one or two paintings that I don't try to sell that people buy which is not my main career album to you and your pathetic piece of s***