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Peter Rogiers

Roberts Projects

Belgian artist Peter Rogiers titled his first US solo exhibition “Slagroom,” using a word that, besides referring to the solidified impurities skimmed off molten metal during smelting, is also Dutch for “whipped cream.” Indeed, Rogiers’s recent sculpted figures are clotted-looking masses that seem barely to hold their shapes against the forces of gravity and motion, and while plastic was more prevalent than metal in this show, these curious forms suggest creatures that might have crawled from one of Vulcan’s crucibles.

Modeled in buttery clay, Rogiers’s figures take the rawness of Rodin to an extreme—everywhere we see the dragging of the artist’s hand through the material. Cast in fiberglass, the sculptures are mounted on and in steel stands that double as supports and framing devices, making the works seem acrobatic and claustrophobic at once (and thus bringing to mind Francis Bacon’s

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