This body of work has evolved as a result of Rogers’ interest in, industrial landscape and Roland Barthes deliberations on the truth being found in the detritus 1.
‘Can slag help save the planet’ 2
Having previously studied global traces of steel production he was invited to observe recent scientific research on climate change. The research team are investigating the feasibility of accelerating the natural absorption of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere by slag deposits from Iron and Steel. The success of the project could have a major impact on removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere.
The exhibition work uses paint, metallic powders and metal on canvas accompanied by video to express; the physicality of the materials; the labour involved; and the concentration, dramatic nature and urgency of the activity.
Roger McNulty’s practice examines borders and materials using painting, video and sculpture. His early experiences; working in engineering in Scotland; study and engagement in Industrial Relations and Employment Law, inevitably influence his work.
“The driving force for the work normally emerges from some current event or series of events affecting how people live, work and interact, although sometimes it might just be a worked item or landscape that engages my thought on the labour involved. I concentrate on the resultant material traces”
Roger studied art at Glasgow School of Art, Havering College and has a BA in fine Art from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. He has worked and exhibited in the UK and Asia and won several International Awards.
Currently he lives and works in Essex.
1 Barthes R. (1981) Camera Lucida Reflections on Photography. London Vintage 2000.
2 ‘Can slag heaps help save the planet?’ The Observer 23.04.17 THE NEW REVEW p19.