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For the Ages: Robert Mars and Paul Rousso

Laura Rathe Fine Art

Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA), announces a two-person exhibition featuring new works by Robert Mars and Paul Rousso - For the Ages.

Nostalgia is more than mere reminiscing – it’s a deep emotion one feels when remembering what made the past so great. Whether it’s the people who preceded us, imagery of a certain time, or objects designed during a particular era, they remain as quintessential icons of the past because they embody a defining time in history. Both Robert Mars and Paul Rousso have a profound interest in these noteworthy symbols and implement them in their art in such a way that they preserve the past with a renewed contemporary vitality, making them one for the ages.

For the Ages will be on view through April 27, 2019

Opening reception on Saturday, March 30th from 5-8 p.m. with an artist talk at 6:45 p.m., moderated by gallery owner, Laura Rathe. 


Robert Mars’s mixed media works layer vintage paper ephemera, acrylic polymer image transfers, and hand-painted elements to reveal striking contemporary visions of America’s past. Chronicling the artist’s fascination with 50s and 60s American iconography, Mars’s work depicts popular consumer goods and architectural and mechanical icons of the era, alongside striking portraits of bygone celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design and currently based in Connecticut, Robert Mars has exhibited his work worldwide in such cities as Munich, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris. In 2016 the Evansville Museum of Art in Indiana hosted a solo exhibition of his work, which is also permanently held in the collections of the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the International Museum of Collage, and the New Bedford Art Museum.


Paul Rousso, uses heat infusion on Plexiglas to create hyper-realistic, hyper-sized, sculptures of crumpled money. The pieces of American dollar bills, as well as international currencies, reach dimensions of 4 feet by 5 feet, that can be gloriously hanged on the walls. Aside from currencies, Rousso also sculpts other discarded items such as candy wrappers and magazine pages, all in massive sizes. He has recently begun creating his pieces in solid colors to continue the medium in another direction. For all of the production and manpower exerted in the crumpled appearance of these objects, Rousso's satire lies in inflating their size to inescapable proportions.

His practical experience in visual art was kick-started with stints as art director and freelance illustrator for Revlon, Clairol, Condé Nast, and Bloomingdale’s. He was also commissioned for a special project with the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina and as part of an interior design team for the home of Robert De Niro. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, and Miami.

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