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Alexander Paulus: 'Savior Energy'


Ro2 Art

Where: Ro2 Art | The Cedars

1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215

When: September 19 - October 17, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday September 19, 12-5 PM

Limited Entry: FREE tickets via EventBrite at http://ro2.us/sept19shows

Ro2 Art is proud to present Savior Energy, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Alex Paulus. The show will run from September 19 through October 17, 2020. The exhibition will open with an artist reception at Ro2 Art in The Cedars located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215 and will take place from 12-5 PM. Attendance to the reception will be limited to groups no larger than ten over 20 minute intervals - Reservations available via EventBrite at http://ro2.us/sept19shows.

Alexander Paulus’s new body of work boasts a dazzling color palette depicting the bizarre predicaments the artist has become recognized and beloved for. Savior Energy’s comical chaos provides a small break from reality, while giving the viewer space to reflect on these current confusing times.  Topsy turvy perspectives and outrageous scenarios unravel with highways to nowhere, dreamlike landscapes, and inane pop culture references. Paulus’s work has a unique influence on the psyche evoking a simultaneously lighthearted and unnerving edge. When we’re uncertain what to believe, the artist implores us to look within ourselves for the answers.

 

Artist Statement

Knowing what to do with yourself during these chaotic times can be really difficult and confusing. Some of us want to look to our leaders, either political or religious, for answers.  It can be hard to decide whether to look for a savior, or to just save your energy.  It seems like no one knows what to do or who to believe.  But I think we can look within ourselves to find answers.

This collection of paintings offers a glimpse into my mind on subjects such as cruise ships, beach trips, and living, laughing, and loving.  I've spent the last few months consuming the news, and it has inadvertently translated into my studio practice.  I'm trying to stay positive and have hope that those in charge will do the right thing and protect us all, but it really seems like it's going to be up to the individual to make the right choices if we all want to get out of this mess.

So please enjoy looking and laughing at my paintings.  Hopefully it will take your mind off of reality for a while, and possibly inspire you to save all of humanity.

 

About The Artist

Alex Paulus is originally from southeast Missouri, but has been a resident of Memphis, TN since 2007.  He received his MFA in 2009 from the Memphis College of Art and is now an Assistant Professor at Southwest Tennessee Community College.  Paulus’s work has been shown in numerous galleries in Memphis, Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis, London and many others.  His work has also been published in Studio Visit magazine, Beautiful/Decay, It’s Nice That, Osso Magazine, and Glasstire.  He will also be featured in the South 2017 edition of New American Paintings. ​

 

About Ro2 Art

Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's "Best Art Gallery" and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery's art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.

 

All works will be on view September 19 - October 17, 2020. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, September 19, 12-5 PM at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S Ervay St. Dallas, TX 75215. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575. Free tickets are available via Eventbrite at http://ro2.us/sept19shows

 

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