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Openings: Casey Weldon & Femke Hiemstra – “Novel Relic” & “Warten am Walderand” @ Roq La Rue

Casey Weldon’s Novel Relic opened earlier this month, his first solo show at Roq La Rue. AM caught up with Weldon a few days prior to the open for a studio visit as he finished up a couple paintings. With all of the completed pieces hanging in the gallery, it was nice to see that his hard work paid off and you can’t go wrong with hipster monkeys! Femke Hiemstra continued her mastery of tiny details in Warten am Waldrand (translates to Waiting at The Edge […]
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Previews: Femke Hiemstra – “Warten am Waldrand” @ Roq La Rue Gallery

Dutch artist and illustrator Femke Hiemstra (featured) returns to Roq La Rue Gallery for a shared solo alongside Casey Weldon (featured) on Thursday, August 7th. Titled Warten am Waldrand or Waiting at The Edge of the Forest, this is her 7th show with the Seattle gallery. Included in the exhibition are graphite drawings, painted vintage book covers, and pieces on found antique objects, part of her recognizable, signature types of works. All framed in vintage frames bought at flea markets and restored by her father, this body of work is a sequel to the […]
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Studio Visits/Previews: Casey Weldon – “Novel Relic” @ Roq la Rue

Nestled deep in the foothills of the Cascades, Casey Weldon paints diligently to finish up several pieces for his solo show Novel Relic, opening at the Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle on August 7th. Themes of nature and old technology collide with a color palette borrowed directly from the television color bars seen in several pieces. The serene scenery around the lakeside property has had a heavy influence in these new paintings, as a native flower morphs into a gramophone and ferns become television […]
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Previews: Christopher Derek Bruno – “A Second” @ Flatcolor Gallery

On August 7th, Flatcolor Gallery will open A Second, Christopher Derek Bruno’s (interviewed) return to the Seattle showspace with a solo exhibition of new works. Through this show, CDB will be exploring and studying color, shape, and form, “to better understand both the dimensional and rational means.” After his education in industrial design, Bruno’s interest was to direct his energies to creating sculpture-based imagery. His work shows excellent craftsmanship skills, as well as a strong knowledge and interest in dimension and perspective play. With this new body of work, the Atlanta-based artist […]
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Openings: Chie Yoshii & Casey Curran – “In The Darkness of Mere Being” & “Indeterminate Apotheosis” @ Roq La Rue

In The Darkness of Mere Being, Chie Yoshii’s first solo show, opened at Roq la Rue in Seattle on July 3rd. Titled after a quote from the great Carl Jung, the art explores many of the Swiss psychotherapist’s hypotheses about the psyche and our subconscious – rich colors emerging from the darkened forest to subjects bathed in moon light. Individuality was a large part of Jung’s work in psychology, and is represented here by a different animal in each piece. While some are bold and dominant, […]
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Openings: Andy Kehoe – “Inner Mystic” @ Roq la Rue

It’s been a few years since Andy Kehoe’s last show at Roq la Rue, but to say he’s been busy would be an understatement. With several shows since then, the Pittsburgh-based painter continues to hone his skills and evolve as an artist. Woodland animals and anthropomorphized creatures are a mainstay in his work, but his use of resin has really raised the level of dimension, quite literally.  Layers of clear resin are poured into a sealed frame, with each layer painted in a unique fashion, making […]
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Openings: Redd Walitzki – “When We Break” @ Roq la Rue

Redd Walitzki didn’t have to go to far for her first solo show at Roq la Rue as her studio is mere blocks away from the gallery. When We Break intertwines seemingly vulnerable subjects with nature and small animals, as flowers erupt from the skin and melt into the milky backgrounds. Some manage to fly out of the panel itself. Aiding in the scenery are intricate panels cut with lasers and what isn’t better with lasers? A few even have adornments making them into three-dimensional displays. […]
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Previews: Zaria Forman – “Ice to Island” @ WWFA (Seattle)

Tonight in Seattle, Winston Wächter Fine Art will be opening a solo show from Zaria Forman, who we featured in an Art Focus article earlier this year. The exhibition holds special meaning for the Brooklyn-based artist, as her exquisite paintings will be shown alongside the photographs of her late mother, Rena Bass Forman. The two of them traveled together to see the natural wonders of the world in places like Greenland, Iceland, Patagonia and India, inspiring Zaria’s own interest in documenting disappearing places. Ice to Island features some of the […]
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Previews: Andy Kehoe – “Inner Mystic” @ Roq La Rue

Tomorrow night (June 5th), Roq La Rue in Seattle will be opening a solo show from Andy Kehoe entitled Inner Mystic. The paintings as well as some of the more sculptural & dimensional pieces he has been working on of late all feature his signature autumn hues, and see his woodland creatures continue their adventures whether they be by the light of day or by moonlight. He describes his new series by saying “I love creating a world steeped in mystery and mysticism, and it’s really up […]
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Openings: Martin Wittfooth & Jean Labourdette – “De Anima” @ Roq la Rue Gallery

In their second collaboration, artists Martin Wittfooth (interviewed) and Jean Labourdette have created captivating new works for De Amina, which opened at Roq la Rue on May 1st.  Hidden meanings and symbolism are used heavily between the two works, with animals playing a heavy role in defusing the messages of consumerism and our culture’s constant need to upgrade.  Visually less obvious is the commentary on our psyche.  The show title itself lends us clues as De Anima translates to “the soul”, which also references writings by […]
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