Monday, October 1, 2012

Up Next! Joseph Park and Marco Mazzoni

We are thrilled to kick off Roq La Rue's fall season with two solo shows.
 We are very pleased to present a solo show by Seattle artist Joseph Park. A masterful painter with several successful shows and museum exhibitions under his belt, including the Frye Art Museum and the Portland Art Museum. Joseph will be unveiling a new series of works entitled "Pureheart", in which he presents a new painting style called "Prizmism".
The approach is a hybrid of two concepts, creating a collusion in which organic forms are viewed through the lens of technology and digitization, referencing the new ways we are coming to see the world. Park has been inspired by both the writings of J.G. Ballard’s ‘A Crystal World' - a world in which life is suspended in perpetual stasis, as well as essays on the New Aesthetic, a current theme in cultural criticism that explores the eruption of the digital.
At it's heart, Prizmism is achieved through a series of paint layers. Each layer, while containing different visual information, combines with the other to reveal a deeper, richer image once the viewer becomes immersed in the paintings. This is his first show in Seattle in years and we are beyond thrilled to be hosting this dynamic painter at Roq La Rue.

We will also be exhibiting Italian artist Marco Mazzoni, in his new series entitled 'River Of Milk". Mazzoni creates beautifully disturbing drawings, dreamlike snapshots of faces flooded in an incandescent light as if in an overexposed photograph, and encircled by sumptuous flora and fauna. Using the symbology of the flowers and animals he depicts, Mazzoni references the ancient myths of feminine power and the remaining fragments of previously suppressed holistic wisdom from his homeland. His work is completely rendered in colored pencils and ink, giving a muted stain glass quality to his rapturous yet witchy imagery. Despite his work being in vast demand this is his first US solo show and we are pleased to welcome him to the gallery.


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