Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September 3 – 25, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 4pm or by appt.

Stack-Loop show

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minneapolis artists Laura Stack and Melissa Loop. In Fabricated Real, Loop’s landscape paintings use her travels to Mayan ruins in Central America as a subject to explore notions of how we form assumptions about authenticity, place, and spirituality through our explorations and ill-informed ideas of other cultures. In Fluere, Stack’s abstract ink paintings suggest an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic where shapes morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms and ink patterns bloom, dissolve, and disperse.
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Laura Stack’s hyper-color ink paintings allude to a bodily, cellular or chemical world with its own rules and physics. Her work suggests paradoxes and simultaneities; the paradox that living things can now embody synthetic elements, the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement that can be suggested within still images. Stack’s art practice is motivated by her curiosity in nature and science. Her paintings are an imagined mirroring of artificial biological or what we might call the “new natural”.

Laura Stack, Fluere 3, ink on paper, 26"x 20"

Laura Stack, Fluere 3, ink on paper, 26″x 20″

About these paintings, Melissa Loop says: “I was in Tikal sitting on top of the highest temple after sunset with about a dozen other tourists. We were listening to our Mayan guide tell us a story about him and his twin brother born in the rainforest. The Mayans believe that twins are of the gods. A sign of good luck. In the distance, the tops of the other temples peaked above the rainforest and we watched a lightning storm dance in the sky. Part of the scene was a setup created for us tourists. However, part of it was a rare moment in time that contained all of the mystic and spiritual clarity that we search for when traveling to faraway places. The setup cliche became an actual moment of transendence. By making these half fantasy paintings, I participate in the cliche. However, I can’t help but search for those rare moments where everything transcends and becomes magical again.”

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Melissa Loop, Great Sorrow, acrylic on canvas, 96” x 72″

Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pm.





Ute Bertog: Still the Night / Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw

Ute Bertog: Still the Night
Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw 

Public Reception: Saturday August 27th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: August 6th – 28th

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4 pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Ute Bertog

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the Night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through paintings, print media and sound. Whereas previous work was born out of the process of reading, this new body of work is conceptualized as an exercise in listening. In Freeze & Thaw  Betsy Ruth Byers employs abstract painting as a means to examine the complex relationship between our bodies and transient landscapes.

By re-contextualizing chance encounters, found materials and ready-made language, Ute Bertog introduces open spaces into the viewing and reading experience that expand preconceived notions about things. The goal is to generate a welcoming atmosphere where imagination and speculation is allowed to flourish. In this regard Bertog uses the inherent latency of abstraction in her paintings to full effect. Starting out with a single letter, words or sentences she soon challenges given shapes and meanings until the legibility is either severely undermined or completely taken away and new understandings emerge.
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In her studio, Betsy Ruth Byers revels in the space between uncertainty and understanding. For Byers, painting is a corporeal activity that enables both discovery and imagination. Her work explores the slippage between real and fabricated landscapes; formation and deconstruction, and objective and subjective knowledge. Led by sensual experiences of the landscape, Byers seeks to interweave the psychological space and materiality of paint on each canvas.  Betsy Ruth Byers
Rosalux is free and open to the public.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pm

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Betsy Ruth Byers


Pattern Recognition: Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe in July

Pattern Recognition:
Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe

Opening reception on Thursday, July 7th, from 7-10pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Show runs from July 7-31st.
Open Saturdays+Sundays, noon-4pm.
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Areca Roe

In order to make sense of the world, people are naturally driven to look for repeating patterns in the events, structures and behaviors around us. Perhaps artists are particularly tuned in to recognize and translate those patterns into visual form. Both Roscoe and Roe seek to learn about the world and its perplexing patterns by photographing it.

Areca Roe is presenting her series Housebroken, photographs of unusual pets in their domestic environments. The images explore why and how people are drawn to create a relationship and share a home with creatures like snakes, bearded dragons, potbellied pigs and parrots.
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Bob Roscoe’s involvement in designing re-uses for older buildings provides a close up view of certain configurations of materials and shapes in the built environment, often within aging metropolises containing structures and fragments of landscapes in disintegration. He intends to reveal to us how certain fragments and glimpses possess aesthetic qualities in their own right.
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Bob Roscoe


PROSPECT: Amelia Biewald & Tara Costello in June

PROSPECT: Amelia Biewald & Tara Costello
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4th, 7 – 10pm.
Exhibition runs June 4th – 26th.
Barbara Britton Wenner writes about Prospect in her article Prospect And Refuge In The Landscape Of Jane Austen, “Landscape…is an ideological concept. It represents a way in which certain classes of people have signified themselves and their world though their imagined relationship with nature, and though which they have underlined and communicated their own social role and that of others with respect to external nature”.
Historically the word Prospect was most often used to reference “created landscapes” in both art history and literature. Artists Tara Costello and Amelia Biewald both take creative liberty when dealing with the genre. Biewald, who often does massive mixed media installations, is painting landscapes taken from the worlds she created in her recent installation projects. In Mutualism II, the strange world created for her recent multi-media sculptural installation, Autour De La Fin Du Monde is referenced. There the three dimensional sculpture was an enormous revolving disco ball planet, here in this painting, it transforms into a female breast sprouting two happy mushrooms. Her paintings are multi-layered and vigorously worked to produce surreal beauty coupled with an eerie spatial quality.
In these works Biewald strives to achieve varying levels of translucency, further exploring her interest in notions of supernaturalness. What interests her are the inherent visual possibilities of [that] supernaturalness; where the line between what is artificial and what is natural with regards to our physicality becomes blurred.
Tara Costello makes paintings that examine unfamiliar spaces and the emotive power of the interplay of forms. She works with layers of Venetian plaster, raw pigments and wax, which she trowels onto panels creating luscious finishes. She searches to find unexpected beauty in relationships between textures and primitive marks. She paints perspectives that live, move and shift within the same moment. Through the interplay of the plaster, her limited color palette, and geometrical form, she creates spaces that invite multi-various subjects and subjectives to interact. Her landscapes or spaces are different snapshots of a day, a minute’s drive on the interstate or a set of lines in the sky.
Biewald works with a wide variety of materials creating painterly drawings and sculptural works, which often culminate in large multi-textural installations. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s College, University of London and then pursued installation artwork at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she received her MFA. She has received artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her artwork including the Skowhegan School Residency, a Bush Fellowship and a Jerome Fellowship. She exhibited most recently Autour De La Fin Du Monde at Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Costello is a painter with a printmaking background. She studied In Ballyvaughn Ireland at the Burren College of Art and received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art And Design. She has been a longstanding member of Rosalux Gallery, a collective in NE Minneapolis. Her work is shown nationally and internationally. She has received numerous commissions including commercial and residential murals Tara currently lives and works in Minneapolis


Rosalux Gallery Announces Peepshow Opening May 14th

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Opening Reception Saturday May 14th from 7PM to Midnight

Purge your hidden art compulsions at Rosalux Gallery celebrating our 14th anniversary this coming May 14th with this spring bacchanal and fundraiser titled Peepshow!  We will be transforming Rosalux Gallery into a virtual red light district designed to spank and tickle the eye of even the most frigid art connoisseur.  Peepshow will feature a group exhibition of original work guaranteed to satisfy  your artistic predilections by Rosalux artists viewable only through peepholes, lending a voyeuristic intimacy between the longing eyes of the spectator and the depravity of the artist’s seed.  Peepshow will also feature our artist’s ribald humor in the form of short films in the Peepshow Movie House,  answers to your heart’s desire in the mysterious Peepshow Box of Secrets, limited edition collectibles for fun at home, and many other exciting surprises throughout the evening.  The opening reception for peepshow will be on Saturday may 14th from 7 -midnight and will have a limited exhibition run  during art a whirl weekend.

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Special thanks goes to Pabst Blue Ribbon for their generous sponsorship of this event!  For more information and some sneak peeks of the whats in store, visit the Peepshow event page on facebook


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Somewhere (Else): Priscilla Briggs and Shannon Estlund

Rosalux Gallery Presents: Somewhere (Else)

Work By Priscilla Briggs and Shannon Estlund
Opening Reception Saturday April 2, 2016, 7-10 PM

April 2 – April 25, 2016

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Somewhere (Else) pairs photographs by Priscilla Briggs and the paintings and sculpture of Shannon Estlund. Both artists explore imagined spaces or spaces altered by the imagination.

Priscilla Briggs’ large-scale color prints of Chinese wedding photo studio sets address issues of truth and fiction in photography as they conflate with consumer fantasy in this booming business. While wealthy Chinese travel to foreign sites for their wedding photos, the burgeoning middle class is transported to locales of their romantic fantasies through constructed illusions. Briggs’ photos speak to universal ideas of freedom and luxury.

Shannon Estlund’s abstracted landscape paintings feature dirt roads, deer paths, back alleys, and nighttime suburban yards where the familiar is transformed into the mysterious. Through use of expressive color and mark making she conveys an experience of wonder and curiosity in the landscape. Estlund also creates objects that fuse natural and found materials into forms that transmit their own uncanny nature.

Priscilla Briggs holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Imaging from the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Priscilla teaches studio art at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her work has been supported by grants from the MN State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, and Gustavus Adolphus College. Priscilla has participated in artist residencies in Beijing and Xiamen, China. She has exhibited widely including venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Living Arts in Tulsa, OK, the Hillstrom Museum in St. Peter, MN, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.
Priscilla Briggs

Shannon Estlund holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and received her B.F.A. from the University of Florida. Shannon currently teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College. She has received numerous grants in support of her work. Estlund has exhibited extensively in Jacksonville, Boston and Minneapolis. Shannon Estlund


Plain Surface Plane: James Wrayge & David Malcolm Scott

Plain Surface

Exhibition runs: March 5th – March 27th
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5th, 7-10 pm

The paintings of David Malcolm Scott act as a cross-temporal between the artist and our environment, revealing a visual abstraction of the collision between the man-made and natural worlds.

Often long and horizontal in dimension (and taking the form of a scroll), Scott’s watercolor paintings tell visual stories of places and events through time, often with an environmental bent.

As a corollary to the diversity of his subject matter, Scott’s art incorporates a variety of media beyond watercolor, such as acrylics, pencil and ink drawing, collage and photography. The resulting work draws the viewer into a rich non-verbal history recorded in rivers, prairies, lunar cycles, and human settlements. – David Malcolm Scott

James Wrayge describes his recent paintings:
“ In this selection of autotelic compositions the emphasis is on the planes and textures created by light and its movement as it travels across and within both natural and architectural landscapes.” – James Wrayge


Rosalux Gallery Minneapolis’ Top Art Galleries according to

Rosalux Gallery Minneapolis’ Top 10 Contemporary Art Galleries according to The Culture Trip a national online Arts and Culture magazine.

The Culture Trip is a national online magazine for art, food, culture, and travel. Rosalux Gallery was rated third after Midway Contemporary Art and The Walker Art Center.

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ARECA ROE’S Photographs featured in Slate and Wired online magazines

ARECA ROE’S exquisitely odd photographs were recently featured in Slate and Wired online magazines. Take a look at out-of-the-ordinary pets in their domestic environments. – –

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Photograph by Areca Roe


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