Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”) is proud to feature the latest works from three of its artist members - Paul Dean, Heather Ryan Kelley and Kelly A. Mueller– during the month of February. The three-person exhibition will be on display at BRG through February 25, 2016 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
A ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Reception will be held at the gallery, located inside BREC’s historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive) to celebrate the exhibition on February 3, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m. As always, ‘First Wednesday’ Opening Receptions are free and open to the public.
On Sunday, February 21, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. Each of the three exhibiting artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.
Visitors to the exhibition will look into Dean’s mixed media works inspired by a 3,000 year-old religion, Kelley’s perspective-bending paintings and Mueller’s multimedia exploration of how humans impact the environment and a possible solution.
Paul Deal The Sky Is Thin As Paper Here
Paul Dean digs deeply into how an ancient civilization shaped modern religion in his latest exhibition "The Sky Is Thin As Paper Here." After receiving a black and white print of an ancient Persian ruin, Dean became enamored with the seemingly ubiquitous rectangular ruin after learning that it was a ruin of the first humanistic religion which flourished more than 3,000 years ago. Through an unassuming object, Dean discovers the roots of humanism and shares with us his new passion for the god Ahuramazda, the god of the sky and the mind. Paul Dean works with mixed media.
Paul Dean has been a BRG Artist Member since 1993. Dean received his B.A.from the University of North Carolina and his Master of Production Design from North Carolina State University. His work has been exhibited at the Slidell Cultural Center, the LSU Union Art Gallery, The Southwest Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center, the University of Florida and the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff Missouri. Dean currently serves as a professor of color theory, typography and graphic design history at Louisiana State University. He also serves as a freelance graphic designer.
Heather Ryan Kelley Lacuna
As we peer at foggy mirrors, through distorted glass and slightly cracked curtains, our eyes can deceive us. Manipulations to our perspective are ever-prevalent. In Heather Ryan Kelley’s newest exhibition “Lacuna”, Kelley explores the use of such devices to shape her canvas. Through time, the use of space has shifted from the idea that a canvas was a pseudo-window to the modern idea that it is merely a flat plane just waiting to be structured and carefully devised by the artist. Kelley’s paintings examine the reinterpretation of perspective through the use of various devices such as frames, mirrors and surface fragments.
A BRG Artist Member since 2013, received her B.F.A in printmaking from Southern Methodist University and an MA in painting from Northwestern State University. Kelley’s work is included in the collections of the New York Public Library, Cornell University, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Museum of Southeast Texas, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at ULL, and the Kansas City Art Institute. She established the Midden Heap Press, a press devoted to prints, artist books, and collaborative ephemera. Kelley is currently a professor of art at McNeese State University.
Kelly A. Mueller Dog-Eared Atlas
Natural cycles such as propagation, decomposition, seasonal changes and tidal shifts, all communicate change. In Mueller’s exhibition, “Dog-eared Atlas,” Mueller shares her concerns for the heavy handed approach humans tend to take with nature’s cycles. With our tendency to compartmentalize, control and impose our will on nature, we often damage the environments we inhabit. Through the use of photography and videography, Mueller and her brother Christopher Mueller collaborate to document their modest solution to rescue the environment from our harmful effects.
Kelly A. Mueller has been a BRG Artist Member since 2010. She earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University and Master of Art Degree from Governors State University. From 2006-2008, Mueller completed a two-year artist residency at the Greater New Orleans Artist's Mansion. Her work has been shown throughout the United States, especially throughout the Midwest. She has also been invited to give numerous lectures throughout the nation including engagements at The Philadelphia Art Hotel, Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) and Michigan State University. Mueller is currently serving as the Art Department Chair for Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans, LA.