& Melissa Loop Painting Show Opens on November 4th">Ute Bertog & Melissa Loop Painting Show Opens on November 4th
Rosalux is pleased to present new work by local painters Melissa Loop and Ute Bertog.
Public Reception: Saturday, November 11, 6-10pm
Family Happy Hour: Saturday, November 18, 4-6pm
Exhibition Dates: November 4-26, 2017
Melissa Loop uses her travels to explore notions of authenticity, place, and spirituality through our experiences of other cultures. Follow the Moon is inspired by her trips to Central America in 2012 and 2015 when she visited ancient Mayan sites. While her paintings are based on reality, the compositions are purposefully invented in an attempt to recreate rare moments of spiritual transcendence one encounters when taking a pilgrimage to a sacred place. With this particular group of paintings, Loop focused on exploring the space between imagination, reality, spiritual transcendence, and dreams. By doing this, she is weaving a tale of a pilgrim coming out of a deep sorrow and finding the origin of life.
Tie Yourself to Me, 2017, Synthetic polymer on panel, 18 x 24″
In Voiceatscript, Ute Bertog continues to explore the tenuous relationship between abstraction and language in her paintings to address themes of communication and its failure. For Voiceatscript she focuses on a deeply felt sense of speechlessness. Being speechless and without words to articulate one’s thoughts and opinions is seen either as a defiant gesture or – more often – as a sign of powerlessness. In order to regain a sense of power Bertog then reaches for readymade texts, quotes, and cliches as a starting point for her paintings, only to lose them again in the painting process. The goal is to introduce the necessary space for questions, imagination and play to take hold to freely renegotiate original content.
Foreign echoes, 2017, Oil on canvas, 14 x 11″