Baton Rouge Gallery's Surreal Salon 7 (Juried by World-Renowned Artist, Shag) Featured 58 Pop-Surrealist / Lowbrow Artists from 25 States in January, Punctuated by the Surreal Salon Soiree
On exhibit January 4 - 29, 2015, Baton Rouge Gallery proudly presented Surreal Salon 7, a national juried exhibition of pop-surrealist and lowbrow art that engaged audiences with the work of 58 talented artists from 25 different states. The exhibition was open to the public throughout the exhibition 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 welcomed roughly 650 guests to the seventh annual Surreal Salon Soiree; an evening of costumes, art, music and more, all in honor of the exhibition itself. A performance from Quintron & Miss Pussycat (resident artists at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014), a one-of-a-kind outdoor installation by Elevator Projects, a set from RAV3N and set the scene for an incredible celebration.
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 see pictures on Facebook from the event, including lots of pictures of the incredible costumes that made this latest Soiree so special, click here.
"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 announced 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. The winning work was "America The Beautiful," by Miami-based Andrew Soria (pictured here).
On Sunday, January 25, Surreal Salon 7's Special Guest Juror, Shag, gave an informal presentation at the gallery on his own work, the pieces selected for inclusion in the Surreal Salon 7 exhibition and on the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement itself.
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.