Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce it’s newest exhibition, Feral Fables: O Pioneer & Family Fremds, featuring new work from artists Areca Roe and Terrence Payne. Feral Fables, featuring new work from artists Areca Roe and Terrence Payne, looks at the careless consequences of political and natural disasters, which echo loudly with each new inevitable iteration. Roe’s O Pioneer hearkens back to the style of photographs of the Western landscape from the late 1800s documenting a new world of disasters and possibilities and reinterprets these notions through a modern lens. Paynes’s Family Fremds takes a hard look at how misrepresentations of faith have been used to tear apart traditional bonds of trust and fellowship over and again throughout history. Rosalux will host a special artists reception on Saturday, October 7th from 7-10 PM which is free and open to the public.
Areca Roe’s O Pioneer series, consisting of large-scale photographs of miniature landscapes, references the work of landscape photographers of the 1800s in a tongue-in-cheek manner. These photographers surveyed the West in North America and brought back stunning imagery of splendor and bounty, but also helped propel the destructive narrative of Manifest Destiny. The miniature fur-lined landscapes in Areca’s photos are in some ways as otherworldly and foreign as those brought back by the surveying photographers—images of strange rock formations, geysers, pristine waterfalls, and wide open plains—with the fake fur referencing the lure of potential bounty as well as the resulting devastation.
Terrence Payne’s new body of work, Family Fremds, regards the hysteria of a community whose steady contentment has been riotously overturned by an upheaval of their faith. Terrence uses the bruising physicality and aggravated playfulness of his large-scale oil pastel drawings to document the struggle between rational thought and irrational fears born of blindness as they swing to and fro on the pendulum of uncertainty. He creates vibrant archetypical portraits using animals, costumed figures, and narratives to probe the value of faith and fellowship while maintaining a critical eye on those who would use a community’s convictions against them. The humorous and empathetic allegories resulting from Payne’s creations may leave more questions than answers to his initial query, but will surely offer entertaining comforts for his audience nonetheless.