A Seattle gallery space dedicated to the very specific style of pop surrealism is currently occupied by a group exhibition that is everything Roq La Rue stands for. A selection of beautifully painted, imaginative and unreal scenes is juxtaposed with a pinch of eeriness and oddity and stirred with a magic wand of other world in a show entitled Infusion, as per the influx of new creative minds to the line of the gallery represented artists. Along with the exhibition, Roq la Rue inaugurated a new mural series, this time with a large work commissioned by a local muralist Robert Hardgrave.
Infusion has been on view since March 6, and it will remain open till March 29, 2014.
The participating creatives are gathered from all angles of the Earth as they realized their common debut at Roq La Rue. The new works suit the gallery mission and vision perfectly, as if they have been created in accordance with its philosophy, although a distinctive individuality is perceived between individual pieces, and so are the diverse messages each of them carries.
To complement and compliment the newly come roster of creatives, the home artists will also be presenting several pieces at the show.
Latest pieces by gallery’s artists John Brophy and Femke Hiemstra are showcased, along with new works by the arriving names Jeremy Mann, Alessandra Maria, Lucy Hardie, Jeff Jacobson, R Freymuth-Fraizer, Dylan Neuwirth, Nicomi Nix Turner, Alessia Iannetti, Zacharie Logan, Redd Walitzki, Andrea Wicklund, Laurie Lee Brom, and Joanne Nam.
From this pool of talent seemingly originating in Wonderland, we would like to single out several works because of the everlasting pictorial qualities they bear. Nicomi Nix Turner and Zacharie Logan demonstrate exceptional draughtsmanship while retaining the refinement of a piece, without slipping into kitsch. The same goes for the wonderfully rendered painting of Jeremy Mann, whose characters appear out of the blurred surface and merge with it simultaneously, questioning their mere existence and the solidity of space.
It’s hard to omit Luci Hardie’s Salome, as it is rooted so deeply in the historic symbolism. As if Aubrey Beardsley or a member of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood has come to life and gave a contemporary breath of fresh air to the ancient subject. The lunette crown of the canvas is both evocative and brilliant.
Finally the ghostly expression of the portrayed girl on Laurie Lee Brom’s canvas bathes the viewer into spookiness of a suspense movie.
Definitely intriguing, Infusion has also proved to be the perfect showcase of the new talent of the most magical gallery on the west coast.
Roq La Rue
Roq La Rue was established in 1998 and it is dedicated to promoting and displaying artwork belonging to pop surrealism and underground art styles. The space aided many creatives in their careers, presenting both emerging and established artists, some of which have won international acclaim. The gallery takes pride in the technical flawlessness of the art is exhibits, while the stylistic preferences have determined Roq La Rue as one of the unique gallery spaces in the country.