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Showing: Dessie Jackson – “Flavored Water” at Treason Gallery

Pennsylvania native and California transplant, Dessie Jackson, recently brought her latest collection of new works to Seattle’s Treason Gallery. The exhibition, titled Flavored Water, features a dozen large portraits that could find themselves on the cover of the latest fashion magazines. However, these beauty shots have been augmented in slightly different ways, asking the viewer to determine what the true meaning of beauty really is.

Openings: “Death and the Maiden 2” & Femke Hiemstra – “The Sand Castle Battle and Other Tales” @ Roq la Rue

Well folks, this is it. The swan song as the sun sets on Roq la Rue, one of the most influential galleries of low brow turned pop surrealism and new contemporary the scene has ever seen. Owner Kirsten Anderson has decided that after eighteen years, it’s time to begin a new adventure in the name of the nameless, starting a non-profit to aid in the protection of animals that are illegally hunted and poached. Her philanthropy has spilled into several animal benefit shows over the […]

Openings: Meghan Howland – “Your Magic Is Real” @ Roq La Rue

Hailing from Portland, Maine, Meghan Howland (pictured left below) made the trek to the Pacific Northwest for her Your Magic Is Real exhibition (on display until July 2nd) at Roq la Rue, which will be one of the last before the gallery closes its doors in September. The exhibition features several colorful oil paintings alongside charcoal drawings on paper. Thick brushstrokes enable the paintings to be resolved from a few feet away as the human form melds with fauna and their surroundings. Subjects emerge from […]

Openings: Peter Ferguson – “Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch” @ Roq La Rue

For several years now, Peter Ferguson has left his his Canadian homeland to deliver a sold out, or nearly sold out show to the Roq La Rue Gallery.  2016 is no exception and Lifeboats of a Sinking Witch is another journey to the illustrator’s fantastic world. Seemingly painted under twilight, each piece is completed with a vintage frame and several are adored with a title face plate. Discuss Peter Ferguson here.

Showing: Danny van Ryswyk – “Tender Loving Darkness” @ Roq La Rue

Now showing until the end of the month at Roq La Rue, Danny van Ryswyk’s Tender Loving Darkness is a showcase in cutting edge technology and the painting techniques of yore. Ryswyk uses a 3D computer program to render his creations digitally. The digital render is then 3D printed into something than can be physically painted. Antique bases and glass domes house each piece, connecting the past and present even further. Also, over a dozen digital prints line the walls of the gallery and you […]

Openings: Camille Rose Garcia – “Animus Chrysalis Mortis” @ Roq La Rue

Opening last week, Camille Rose Garcia’s Animus Chrysalis Mortis takes viewers to vibrant and lush gardens while exploring many of life’s tropes including creation and death. There is no subtlety with the LA-based artist’s journey, as seen through the lens of an acid trip seemingly lit by black lights. The exhibition features mixed media paintings on board and smaller pieces on paper. The late David Bowie graces two pieces and the enormous House of Psyche seems to fill an entire wall with serpents and swans. Adorning the […]

Openings: Jonathan Viner – Strange Math @ Roq la Rue

Earlier this month, Roq la Rue hosted it’s first opening of 2016 with Jonathan Viner’s Strange Math.  This marks a new less-is-more approach for the Seattle gallery, focusing on one artist a month, with a couple group exhibitions during the year. The show from the Brooklyn-based artist provided a great start to the new year with the large paintings filling the main floor of the gallery. Bright neon-like colors have infiltrated Viner’s usual muted color pallet, giving the paintings their own glow.  Provocative subject matter and […]

Openings: “Charismatic Megafauna” @ Roq La Rue

Charismatic Megafauna opened at Roq La Rue earlier this month to a packed house. Celebrating the vast diversity of the animal kingdom, the exhibition features a wide variety of creatures, some recognizable, while others are not from this world. That diversity extends itself to the artists included in the show with a plethora of styles and mediums on display, from traditional paintings, life sized creations, and even a mesmerizing illuminated wall-hung sculpture. Charismatic Megafauna will be on display until January 30th with work from Adam […]

Openings: Zachari Logan & Alessandra Maria & Joe Rudko – “Grotesques” & “Di Minores” & “Broken Image” @ Roq La Rue

Zachari Logan’s work has been seen here and there at Roq La Rue for a few years now, but Grotesques is his first solo show at the Seattle gallery. Using colored pencil and pastels, Logan blends plants and animals to create mutated hybrids of familiar species. While the delicate pencil and mylar pieces are framed, two of the pastel paintings are shown simply pinned to the wall. He explains this absence of protection helps the viewer connect better with the piece. In Di Minores, Alessandra Maria […]

Openings: EGO & Grady Gordon – “The Time is Never” & “Been Seeing You Around Lately” @ Flatcolor Gallery

Befitting the month known for ghouls and ghosts, Flatcolor Gallery in Seattle welcomed in EGO and Grady Gordon to exhibit new works earlier this month. EGO’s The Time Is Never features characters with enough charming personality to overcome their stereotypical spookiness. Symbology used in several pieces, along with star fields, lends an alien or sci-fi mix to the show. Just up the stairs, Grady Gordon’s prints in Been Seeing You Around Lately offer a look into a mythological world governed by shadows. The less-than-conventional method of […]
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