What can you infer about someone who owns books with these titles – “Finding the right partner,” “How to survive the loss of a parent,” and “Overcoming Procrastination?”
An entire lifetime of events can be traced by finding books we have read to help us overcome challenging times and personal issues. Artist Kent Rogowski creates a portrait of an emotional life through the juxtaposition of title pages and spines of self-help/pop-psychology books. The narrative in each piece can change depending on how the viewer’s eye moves through the image. Some images have linear narratives – surviving college, finding the right occupation, and dealing with aging – while others concentrate on life conditions like loneliness and the nature of relationships.
In the artist’s words, “I am interested in the larger questions of how we communicate and deal with moments of pain and change and the commonalities of those experiences, as well as, the patterns and contradictions that are often inherent in language, advice and differing philosophies.”