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Upcoming: “Lush Life 5 : Reverie” @ Roq La Rue

Opening on August 6th, Lush Life 5 : Reverie at Roq La Rue is the fifth incarnation of their popular group show. The theme this year is “Reverie – meant to evoke the languid, sexy, ripe days and nights of late summer.” Artists invited this year include Marco Mazzoni, Jonathan Viner (seen above), Amanda Manitach, Kazuki Takamatsu. Peter Ferguson, Christian Van Minnen, Jeff Soto, Casey Welson, Tyna Onko, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Lauren Marx, Esao Andrews, Eric Wert, Laurie Lee Brom, Erin Kendig, Lowell Poisson, Ashley Eliza Williams, Ryan Heshka, […]
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Openings: Travis Louie & Lauren Marx – “Archive of Lost Species” & “American Wilderness” @ Roq la Rue

Earlier this month, Roq la Rue welcomed back Travis Louie for his Archive of Lost Species solo show. Louie’s finely rendered acrylic paintings are once again on display, with his usual recipe of the odd and imaginary. Oscar Pennington and his travels take center stage as he documents strange and wild creatures found around the world. The stories don’t stop with the brush though, as the pieces are accompanied with a short story, and Pennington’s Fish Frog of Burma even includes a diagram detailing the […]
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Previews: Travis Louie – “Archive of Lost Species” @ Roq La Rue

Tonight in Seattle (May 7th), Travis Louie (interviewed) will be revisiting Roq La Rue for another showing of his vintage photography inspired paintings of imaginary creatures, created in a style self-described as a kind of “cryptozoology.” Entitled Archive of Lost Species, the fresh new pieces are a collection of fantastical characters, unique in their size and circumstance, many posing next to their human counterparts. Head over for a look yourself if you are in the area and make sure to read the stories associated with each painting written by Louie himself. Discuss Travis […]
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Upcoming: Chiho Aoshima – “Rebirth Of The World” @ Seattle Art Museum

Tomorrow (May 2nd) at the Seattle Art Museum, Rebirth Of The World, a solo show from Chiho Aoshima, will open to a public. The Takashi Murakami protégé from his Kaikai Kiki Collective is known for her fantasy worlds of ghosts, zombies, and teenage girls, oftentimes created with a digital technique. For this exhibition, the Japanese artist has prepared colorful large-scale dreamscapes printed on plexiglass, 35 drawings on paper, and an animation that will be shown in public for the first time. You can also meet Aoshima tomorrow as part of the museum’s Free […]
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Openings: “One Page” @ Roq La Rue

It seems strange to write about a show that one curated, so I’ll just give a little history about how the show came together, and let the photos speak for themselves. A few years ago Ryan Heshka had a solo show at Roq La Rue which included a couple pieces that were sequential stories and presented as stand-alone comics. They fascinated me and I wondered what a full show, with an assortment of artists might be like. The planning began and a date was chosen […]
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Openings: “Uchronia” Group Show and Amanda Manitach – “Whiskey Helps” @ Roq La Rue

Opening alongside Peter Ferguson’s Prime Meridian (covered), Roq La Rue packed even more art into the space to showcase the mini-group show titled Uchronia, and the upstairs featured Amanda Manitach’s Whiskey Helps. Featuring mostly Roq La Rue alumns, Uchronia asked artists to recreate or alter history in some way.  Femke Hiemstra imagines a different take on evolution which has enabled a frog to smoke a pipe while fly fishing with a pole. Jessica McCourt unveils the mystery of Percy Fawcett’s disappearance with a painting framed by […]
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Openings: Peter Ferguson – “Prime Meridian” @ Roq La Rue

For several years now, Peter Ferguson has been transporting us to a world where human characters share their living spaces with monsters and other strange creatures. Prime Meridian continues to give us a glimpse into the every day lives of this world’s inhabitants. Over a dozen new works tell the tales of travelers, explorers, and even a bathing troll. Each piece has a color palette that could seemingly have come from being aged in cigar room for twenty some years. Complementary frames and inscribed title plates […]
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Upcoming: “One Page” @ Roq La Rue

Coinciding with Emerald City Comicon, Roq La Rue will hosting the opening of One Page tonight, March 27th. For four days only, on display will be contributions from artists based on a unique concept of producing a one page comic with a short story. Curator and AM writer Robbie Lowery states: “I originally got the idea from Ryan Heshka who had shown at Roq La Rue a couple years ago and included a couple pieces that were short, stand alone comics. Such a great idea. Now if […]
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Upcoming: Travis Louie – “Archive of Lost Species” @ Roq La Rue

Coming up on May 7th, Travis Louie’s (interviewed) will be returning to Seattle (also see 2013) for another showing with Roq La Rue entitled Archive of Lost Species. If this piece seen here, Oscar and the Giant Tarsier, which will be in the show is any indication, fans in Seattle of his imaginary creatures and vintage photography-like renderings will be in for a treat. Take a look at the accompanying narrative, something that accompanies each of the New York-based artist’s paintings – “Oscar Pennington was a naturalist and […]
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Openings: Sam Wolfe Connelly & Liz Brizzi & Darla Teagarden – “And Here I Lay” & “Anagrams” & “Altars” @ Roq La Rue

Sam Wolfe Connelly’s second solo show at Roq La Rue opened on March 5th. And Here I Lay features several oil paintings that can be described as haunting with a touch of remorse.  Feelings of quiet and loneliness invade film-like locations that could easily be used as crime scene evidence. The exhibition also has a few graphite drawings that add to the narrative. Sharing the downstairs space is Liz Brizzi’s Anagrams. The multi-layered collage pieces start off with some acrylic background color before buildings and city-scapes […]
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