Baton Rouge Gallery's Surreal Salon 7 (Juried by World-Renowned Artist, Shag) Features 58 Pop-Surrealist / Lowbrow Artists from 25 States in January, Punctuated by the Surreal Salon Soiree on January 24
Opening on January 4, 2015, Baton Rouge Gallery proudly presents Surreal Salon 7, the national juried exhibition of pop-surrealist and lowbrow art, engaging audiences with the work of 58 talented emerging artists from 25 different states. The exhibition is free and open to the public through January 29 (Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 6 p.m.) at the gallery, located inside BREC's historic City Park (1515 Dalrymple Drive).
Over 550 works were submitted from artists across the country seeking inclusion in the exhibition. The jurying process, led by internationally renowned California-based artist Shag (Josh Agle), was incredibly competitive. The over 50 works included in the exhibition spotlight a diverse collection of artists and an evolving art movement rarely focused on in this region.
Click here for a full list of the artists featured in Surreal Salon 7 (JPEG).
On Saturday, January 24, 2015, BRGCCA will host the seventh annual Surreal Salon Soiree (7 - 11 p.m.), an evening of costumes, art, music and more, all in honor of the exhibition itself. This will be an exciting evening of visual art, live musical performances, outdoor installations and of course hundreds of attendees in costume, channeling their own pop-surrealist visions. Tickets to the event are $17 in advance, $20 at the door if in costume and $25 at the door if not in costume.
The Surreal Salon Soiree's headlinging musical act will be none other than Quintron & Miss Pussycat. The Quintron / Miss Pussycat experience is one of barely controlled electronic chaos, dance beats, small explosions, incredible clothes and entertaining puppet stories. The pair has been making genre-defying noise for over 15 years, mining the psychedelic soul of traditional New Orleans party music with a distorted Hammond B-3 organ and a cache of self-made instruments (most notably among them, the Drum Buddy, a light-activated analog synthesizer that creates murky, lo-fi rhythmic patterns). Meanwhile, Miss Pussycat breathes life into tactile, idiosyncratic characters with pithy dialogue and electronically pixelated soundtracks. In 2014, the two were chosen to be resident artists at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
The artist collective known as Elevator Projects will once again be constructing a one-of-a-kind outdoor installation for the Soiree, though this year their creation will expand to occupy space outside the front and back of the gallery. This unique interactive experience is part of the group's mission is to present innovative, creative, and contemporary projects that educate, serve, and engage the artists and audiences of Louisiana, the nation and the globe.
THe evening will also include a set from RAV3N, a Baton Rouge native who recently returned home after a five-year stint in Los Angeles. While in California, she became a resident DJ at Eva Longoria's Beso restaurant. Locally, Baton Rouge residents might have heard her at City Bar, The Spanish Moon and other venues.
For many however, the highlight of the Soiree every year is the hundreds of unique and creative costumes worn by attendees. From pop-culture characters to homemade surrealist visions, every year attendees add to the artistic quality of Surreal Salon for this one night with wildly imaginative attire and outrageous creativity. To get a small taste of the costumes and characters at the Surreal Salon Soiree, check out this video from Surreal Salon 5.
"I thought it was arguably the best party I ever attended." - Juxtapoz Co-founder, Greg Escalante on Surreal Salon Six. To read his editorial on Surreal Salon Six from April 2014's Juxtapoz, click here.
Also during the Soiree, the gallery will announce the work selected by the exhibition’s juror as “Best in Show.” This work will be prominently featured in Juxtapoz Magazine’s upcoming editorial on the exhibition in their April 2015 issue.
On Sunday, January 25, Surreal Salon 7's Special Guest Juror, Shag, will be giving an informative and informal presentation at the gallery at 4 p.m. on his own work and on the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement itself. This event, scheduled to last roughly one hour, is free and open to the public.
Shag has had nine art books published and had successful solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. In a 2002 review of Shag’s show at Manhattan’s Earl McGrath Gallery, The New York Times said, “the eye is snared by Mr. Agle's economic use of saturated colors -- sharp greens and warm lavenders, smoldering reds, sour ochers -- and the tinted-gel space created by his thin-on-thin paint handling.” The reviewer went on to describe his works as “pulsating furnaces of color.” The artist and his work was also the subject of the 2007 documentary, “The Sophisticated Misfit” (a trailer for which can be seen here). More information about Shag can be found here.
For more information on Surreal Salon 7 or any of the events associated with the exhibition, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.
This program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and Baton Rouge Metro Council.