On October 1st, Roq La Rue opened it’s doors to a cavalcade of new works. Casey Weldon (featured) was welcomed back to the gallery for Hastemaker, where he continues to explore putting real people in surreal situations. Jeff Jacobson’s first solo show at Roq la Rue, titled Aphotic Ilk, explores a world between worlds. The dimension shifted vision gives bioluminescence to several species as they explore the ether. And, Samantha Wall continues her series of ink, pigment, and charcoal portraits in Let Your Eyes Adjust to the […]
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Opening alongside The Gilded Age, Thinkspace brings us Karla Ortiz’s Omens in the gallery’s Project Room. The San Francisco illustrator has delivered several new graphite drawings, each a miniature view into the life of their subject. With a hint of shamanism, the renders provide plenty of mystery and wonder, despite their size. Omens will be on view until October 3rd.
Over the weekend, Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles opened the doors to The Gilded Age featuring new works by Aaron Horkey, Esao Andrews, and João Ruas. Co-curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace and Horkey himself, the duo set out to put together a “dream-team” exhibition, giving it a title that harkened back to the late 19th century and the industrial revolution. Horkey ended up handpicking Andrews and Ruas to accompany him and the results are truly outstanding. Horkey even hand-drew the titles for each piece directly […]
Roq La Rue upped the ante for the fifth edition of their Lush Life group show, titled Reverie. With both the main floor and upstairs project room utilized, and the debut of the large installation piece by Cheyenne Randall, the gallery was literally packed to the rafters. Highlights include Scott Hove’s delicious Devils Food starting off the main floor, just waiting for you to get closer. Jonathan Viner’s Force Projection will leave you mesmerized as will Christian Van Minnen’s Self Portrait as James Hurley, or Small Town […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It has been four years since Chris Berens last showed solo at Roq La Rue. Nethermoor, as the show is titled, is based on Michael Ende’s book, Die Unendliche Geschichte, or as many may know it, The Neverending Story. The show opening however, wove a story all its own. Bad weather on the East coast and shipping issues caused havoc with the large exhibition, resulting in an open without the art. While Chris and his wife traveled from Amsterdam to be in attendance, the art […]