Two artists with dramatically different approaches to art are showing at the Mariago Collective in the "From the Pinnacle to the Prize" exhibit. One, Ariane Roesch, is warm and gentle, shifting shapes which are normally rigid into softer contours, and adding an inner luminosity.
Photo courtesy of the Mariago Collective Ariane Roesch's Rung by Rung adds softness and inner light to a familiar shape
The other, Scott Proctor, perhaps says it best in his artist statement, which says: "The unmentionables... not quite so subtly alluding to what we are all thinking about ... butts, balls, boobs, blobs, and sweat stains ... right? Or is it just me?" The contrast is between celestial and earthy, between romantic and pragmatic, between - well, you get it.
The first floor of the very attractive building is given over to Roesch, with the major piece being Rung by Rung, a soft vinyl ladder of nine rungs, displayed on the floor and covered in what seemed to be old-fashioned vinyl. LED lights enhance the rungs, making it attractive, and welcoming, as though the artist had decreed: "No more hardness, the world will be soft." And yet there is another dimension to its appeal, a hint of treachery, as this ladder is certainly treacherous, echoing the poisoned apple in Snow White.More »