Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Brian Despain and Mia Araujo- Two upcoming shows at Roq La Rue

   Two wicked new exhibitions open this friday at the  Roq La Rue Gallery. 'Tin Machines and Mercuric Dreams' is a series of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by Brian Despain (below)
   Brian Despain works with imaginary yet recognizable modern landscapes, but populates his world with seemingly self aware and melancholy robots. His work blends the natural world with technology with a slightly morbid slant. Skulls, machinery, and birds provide the forefront for a seemingly arcane number system the artist employs in all his work. His rich and luminous color palettes of post apocalyptic ochres, deep blues, and steel greys belie and hidden warmth and dark humor within his work.
    The second exhibition is 'the Secret Keepers'- a new series of paintings by Mia Araujo.
Mia Araujo believes that all individuals contain an inner universe within them that is invisible to the naked eye. Her work, which evokes comparisons to art nouveau and often references literary figures, concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within her subjects - their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. These qualities fit together to form a vast, rich inner landscape of identity and mythology for her characters.
You can see the whole show Here and it runs from the 11th of February to March 5th at:
Roq La Rue Gallery
2312 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121

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