Lyrical Fragments, works of art by David Rogers, explores the role that language has always played in his pursuits as a songwriter, designer, and visual artist. These passions stem from his early struggles with reading due to dyslexia. As he slowly became a reader, flashcards, word games, and large format books enabled Rogers to become aware of the abstractness of language’s visual form. He gradually developed an attachment to the shape of letters, the meanings of words, and how language is used to make sense of our lives.
At thirteen, Rogers started playing guitar and shortly thereafter began writing songs. For nearly 15 years music was everything—collaborating with bandmates, recording albums, performing live. But then his interests shifted to design and visual art. Still, there has been a thread connecting his previous endeavors to his new visual works—language. Now he is feeling a call to explore songwriting again, but his former go-to songwriting habits aren’t working. Instead, he is beginning with the visual form of lyrical fragments; rather than creating stories with words and music, he is painting stories with words on paper. With these text-based, mixed-media compositions, he is discovering new avenues to song creation. At the same time, he’s questioning his understanding of what a song can be, and finding joy in the regions where music and visual art overlap.