by Frank Forte
Seattle’s Roq la Rue Gallery hosts a duo of great art this month with Travis Louis and Lauren Marx.
Roq la Rue
532 1st Ave S. Seattle WA 98104
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Wednesday – Saturday
Closed: Sunday – Tuesday
Roq La Rue takes part in Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Artwalk every First Thursday of the month 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Show runs through May 30th 2015
Roq La Rue presents:
“Archive of Lost Species”
New Drawings and Paintings
Travis Louie returns to Roq La Rue with ‘Archive of Lost Species’, a collection of works featuring his signature host of fantastical characters. His work is highly influenced by Victorian and Edwardian oddities and portraiture, and he often refers to his style as a kind of ‘cryptozoology’. Informed by the stories he writes, his characters inhabit a world shared with other strange creatures, mythological figures, and extinct or exaggerated versions of animals we know. Each has their own unique folklore, but they are connected through the relationships that unfold thorough Louis’ tales, their intricate histories and societies revealed through a window into an alternate past.
Roq la Rue is also excited to bring in St. Louis artist Lauren Marx for ‘American Wilderness’! Marx’s intricately drawn detailed portrayal of flora and fauna are reminiscent of old scientific anatomical or botanical text illustrations. For her, they are a kind of creation myth, where the animals form nebulae, birds are the stars, and insects are the dust which come together in a swirling Baroque metaphor of our phenomenal universe. Wavering the line between grotesque and sublime, her flayed and fecund imagery is lush with a blooming, flowering presence in the place of death and decay; forming intensely beautiful compositions that remind us of the fleeting, flowing nature of all life in the cosmos.
About The Gallery:
Roq La Rue gallery was opened back in 1998 by Kirsten Anderson as a reaction to the Northwest’s then lack of alternative art spaces. Fueled by a devotion to the rapidly growing Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism art movement, the gallery quickly gained notoriety, and respect, as one of only of a handful of galleries globally (at the time) willing to show the work. As a bonus, an enthusiastic community of collectors responded quickly to the gallery’s eclectic mix of artists, whose outlaw sensibilities and counter-cultural subject matter was rendered with undeniable ability and vision.
Since that exciting time, Roq la Rue has moved several times, before finally landing at its largest and poshest digs yet, settling into a beautiful and airy location in the historic neighborhood of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.
We’ve expanded our vision & program by working with artists and collectors around the globe, gained national & international recognition, and earned a solid reputation. It’s been an amazing and rewarding ride thus far.
Everyone involved with Roq La Rue love and are committed to the gallery, the artists we are privileged to work with, and the extended community we are honored to be a part of. In 2014 we made an exciting change by bringing on a new active partner in Sharon Arnold. We hope to continue to be a supportive and exciting space that helps launch new artists and bring greater exposure to more established ones.
All artwork © 2015 Travis Louis & Lauren Marx. All rights reserved.
Frank Forte Bio
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.