NAPLES ILLUSTRATED: 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. He 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 established METHOD & CONCEPT under the umbrella of Thomas Riley Companies, merging his advocacy for the arts with his innate talent for making and designing. Today, the gallery represents over 20 independent fine artists worldwide, while the design team showcases an impressive portfolio ranging from bespoke furniture pieces to legacy estates on the Gulf of Mexico and secluded private island homes.

Jensen’s professional career now spans more than 25 years in art, furniture, interiors, and architecture. He is an internationally exhibited artist and designer, participating in exhibitions from The Baker Museum-Naples to ICFF-New York and Shanghai Art Fair-China. His work has been published in Interior Design Magazine, Art Basel Guide-Miami, and Casa da Abitare-China, he was also recently named a Top 100 Business Leader by Naples Illustrated Magazine, and one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Men & Women of the Year for his unwavering advocacy for arts and culture.

Recognized as an active leader for Arts & Culture in Southwest Florida, Jensen is a Founding Director of the Naples Design District, where he continues to serve on the Executive Board, helping to lead the charge on public art and community initiatives. He is a Past President & Current Advisory Board Member of United Arts Collier (UAC) / Current Art Gallery Advisory Board Member - Florida Gulf Coast University / Current Advisory Board Member - Naples Illustrated Magazine / Frequent Guest Speaker & Juror - Florida Gulf Coast University / Past Advisory Board Member for Accreditation of Digital Media Design - Florida Gulf Coast University.