An Underwater Odyssey at Method & Concept

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published on December 29, 2021

The ethereal, theatrical photographic works of internationally acclaimed visual artist Christy Lee Rogers debut in Naples with “The Underwater Photography of Christy Lee Rogers” at Method & Concept January 13 to February 25.

The exhibition has been planned for more than two years. Chad Jensen, gallery creative director and managing partner, was determined to curate a show that samples works from three of Rogers’ collections: Human, Muses, and Siren. Her atmospheric compositions are often compared to paintings by Baroque masters while captivating modern audiences. She was commissioned by Apple in 2019 for a “Water + Light” marketing project, and the company noted on its Instagram feed that her visions “push the possibilities of movement, color and light.”

In 2020 and 2021, Rogers’ photographs were exhibited in the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Italy. She won “Open Photographer of the Year” at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards. As a presenter at the international The Photography Show symposium in 2021, her work was showcased in several magazines, including the Royal Photographic Society Journal.

The native of Hawaii has clearly been guided by her marine surroundings, and this passion extends to a drinking water purification project called Wateramore. She calls water “Earth’s most cherished element.” With her subjects blurred, immersed, entangled, floating, and reimagined in a watery world, Rogers says the well of their meanings runs deep: “My purpose behind the work is to question and find understanding in the craziness, tragedy, vulnerability, beauty, and power of mankind.”

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.