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Indian spirituality, the concept of harmony and universal oneness are powerful themes in Roger Foley-Fogg’s exuberant ‘light-works’.

Intrinsically bright, Fogg utilises light vibrations and electromagnetic waves, energy efficient LEDs and rope light to illuminate his transcendental concepts.

Fogg’s installations entitled ‘Lumino Kinetics’ are assemblages of entwined lights and mixed media.

He uses abstract expressionism to convey theories of physics and metaphysics. The result being diaphanous and sublime creations exploring elementals created from three of the classical Indian elements: air, fire and water and the colours of the Hindu gods, the concept of karma and mandala semiotics to express his interpretation of Vasudev Kutumbakan - The world as one family.

Having worked with lights for over 40 years he has produced work for many private and public collections. From psychedelic lightshows with musicians, bands and orchestras in the 1960’s to events and performances such as Arts for Labour for the re-election of Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1993, Fogg has built a formidable reputation as one of Australia’s leading light artists and designers.

A finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious art in 2003 and 2007, Roger Foley-Fogg also exhibited light installations at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Yellow House, Sydney. He art directs and co-ordinates the Christmas Tree of Light annually for The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and has toured his work to Asia and America.


Roger Foley-Fogg has been researching a multimedia work about Diwali and The Spirit of India for some years. This exhibition of Lumino Kinetic Sculptures are modern LED versions of works he first exhibited at Watters Gallery in 1971 and is another step on the journey.


My original 60s Lightshows and Installations were inspired by India’s colourful Gods, mandalas and the concept of Karma and in my young innocence and 60s naivete I must confess that India seemed a particularly attractive society because Coca Cola and other suspect symbols of the corporate world were banned at that time. Recent trips have strengthened my impressions of the spirituality of India. Not the spirituality of any one religion or particular belief, but the way that the belief and social systems in all the many different Indias add up to manifest a harmonious whole. One family.

I was first moved by this concept of -Universal Oneness- at the Yellow House, Sydney nearly 40 years ago through an unpublished cartoon by Martin Sharp titled we are all islands, joined beneath the sea. My friend the artist Dhiraj Singh tells me that this ancient Indian concept of Vasudev Kutumbakan -the world as One Family- holds special relevance today particularly in our reaction to climate change. We all have to work together.


For further information please email ng@ngart.com.au

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