Wednesday, May 4, 2011

'Stand Beside' - Paul Roux and Leighton Collier Roux @ Anderson Art Collective Opening May 7th, 2011

 Leighton Collier Roux
Wrapped (Navinki) - Resting
1 inch wide satin ballet ribbon, me (5hours).  Minsk, Belarus, 2007
Archival ink-jet print. 27" x 18". Edition of 10. 

Photo Documentation by Chuck Chaney.

** Wrapped originated as an image in my mind with the influence of my own love of dance as well as the
     social connotations that are attached to the materials which are lavish and often associated with the 
    feminine and a freedom and power that one holds as a dancer.

Anderson ART Collective presents Stand Beside a two-person show by Leighton Collier Roux and Paul Roux, two artists who have come together over the past few years to stand beside one another as friends, partners and collaborators.  Though they come from different countries and experiences, they find that their work, when placed together in the same space, engages in captivating dialogue around contemporary humanity and society.

The show is comprised of oil paintings, sculpture, photography, video and a special performance by Leighton Collier Roux during the opening reception on Saturday May 7 from 6pm to 8pm.

Leighton Collier Roux, a native of Southern California, received an MFA from Tufts University in 2008. In 2010 her work was commissioned by the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum and will be featured in their upcoming Call for Entries 2011. Paul Roux, a South African native, graduated in 1998 from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town and was one of the six artists that were featured last year by the Anderson ART Collective at Red Dot Art Fair @ Art Basel Miami Beach.

According to the artists' statement, "In this rapidly changing world, we look to engage viewers in an urgent celebration of the beauty that is our natural heritage, a celebration consciously tempered by acknowledgment of the consequences of the prevailing separation between humanity and the planet."

"I'm very much looking forward to having this work engage the public at our space. The work speaks largely of the relationship between humanity and nature in a very forward thinking way, asking questions of the viewers with the intent to skew our positions on how we interact with nature," states gallery curator Benjamin Anderson.

Anderson ART Collective is located at 410 Palm Avenue, A2, in Carpinteria, CA and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5pm and by appointment. Stand Beside will run through May 29.

Curated by Sean Anderson and Benjamin Anderson


 Paul Roux, 'Looking for Teddy' (Pastoral) - oil on canvas  - 48" x 118" 2011

Paul Roux, 'Interlude # 19' -oil on canvas - 46" 2010