Installation views of Dave Greber: 7000-Day Candles – October 2014 Exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery Video.
Installation views from Luis Cruz Azaceta: PAINTING OUT LOUD – November 2014 exhibition at Arthur Roger@434.
Installation views from John Alexander: Unique Observations of the Natural World – November 2014 exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery.
PAINTING OUT LOUD is Luis Cruz Azaceta’s eighth exhibition with the gallery. The featured recent medium- and large-scale paintings and works on paper reflect the artist’s distinctive bright-colored abstraction and figuration and continue to encourage a dialogue regarding the current political climate, social injustices, war and ecocide.
John Alexander’s unique observation of nature makes up the foundation of this exhibition, the artist’s fourth with the gallery. Rooted in direct study, these works call upon the natural world for guidance and inspiration. It is, however, the soulful, inventive and spiritual side of these works that truly define them. Alexander is able to capture a raw power made possible through a deep understanding of the complexities that make up the natural world.
Installation views from Troy Dugas, October 2014 Exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery
Installation views from Lesley Dill: Beautiful Dirt – Ballgowns of Lightness & Dark, October 2014 exhibition at Arthur Roger Gallery
7000-Day Candles, Dave Greber’s third exhibition with the gallery, explores the notions of spirituality, technology and transhumanism, and touches on spiritual folkways celebrated in New Orleans’ history. The installation, vibrant and revelatory, consists of four video monitor-based objects and a Stasseo (stained-glass-video) – a technique the artist developed utilizing multiple projections, painting and 3D elements to realize large, installed-video compositions.
This exhibition of neon works and large-scale paintings on canvas is Deborah Kass’ second with the gallery. Drawing from contemporary society, Broadway musicals, Yiddish and prominent art figures, she continues to incorporate lyrics and vernacular, melding art history and pop culture in vibrant, resonating compositions reminiscent of Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly. The work is depictive of the current posture of popular and political culture and the ensuing dysphoria, especially in contrast to the optimism of the postwar era.
Beautiful Dirt: Ballgowns of Lightness and Dark is Lesley Dill’s ninth exhibition with the gallery and was inspired by the ballroom culture of New Orleans and the adornment of the body. Featured are nine gowned figures centered by a cascading chandelier. The figures range in size from a tabletop sculpture to 7 feet tall, and are constructed of billowing fabric adorned with embroidered letters, flowing skirts of hand-cut copper, or hundreds of pieces of metal foil and feathers. Some of the figures have dramatic head embellishments or collars and others are donned with small, bird-like heads, paying homage to surrealist Max Ernst.