Read More and Eli Hansen: Taking the Long Way Home

Exhibition Dates: January 7 – February 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present The wrong way home., an exhibition by Read More and Eli Hansen. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street, from January 7 – February 18, 2017. The gallery will host an opening, with the artists in attendance, on Saturday, January 7 from 6-8pm.

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Ain’t quite right (Installation detail), 2012 | Found objects, glass, lights, light fixtures, paper, steel, wood | Dimensions variable

Read More and Eli Hansen are childhood friends who have been collaborating for decades. Just out of high school, they would fill up their trucks with various items and head to an isolated spot outside of town. Alone for the weekend, they’d construct a playground of “junk,” complete with lights and stereos. A few days later they’d clean everything up, erasing any trace of their outpost. Over the years, they’ve reconnected to recreate these weekends and this exhibition is the latest installment. The wrong way home. objectifies experimentation and investigation while juxtaposing inertia with action.

Read More is a graphologist and graffitist from the Northwest who goes by multiple pseudonyms relating to reading, books, and bibliophilia. His work is rife with anarchistic undertones dispensed through visual sampling meshed with imagined forms, and references to classic American typography. His visual appeals are aptly described as a “pursuit of the virtuous rather than the scandalous, as a sanctification of words, text, and the infinite possibilities of the written form.”

Eli Hansen is an accomplished glass artist, creating casual-looking assemblages with both raw and refined transformations of everyday items such as beakers, lights and wooden objects. Glass formations fluctuate between anthropomorphic and scientific. His installations evoke wonder about the here and now but also about pre-desertion and the forthcoming. His work has been characterized as “harsh, realistic, and a little nostalgic.”

This is the artists’ first exhibition with the gallery. Both artists have exhibited nationally and internationally. Read More was featured in The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti (Yale University Press, 2013). Eli Hansen has received numerous awards including two residencies at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.