|RO2ART // JAN13 // 7-10PM
|Ro2 Art Gallery
1501 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
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|Xiao Lu Liu
January 13, 2018 – February 10, 2018
|Presented by Ro2 Art, 'Arrested Identity' is the first solo exhibition by artist Xiao Lu Liu. It explores the
often untold struggle of identity forming in a toxic socio-cultural environment. The artist presents
original prints with characters in impossible, mysterious, and absurd situations revealing the
emotional and spiritual suffering of their disconnection from a genuine, authentic self. Symbols,
analogies, and satire are used by Liu to guide the viewer through the narratives while leaving
room open to interpretation. The works create ever-shifting dynamics between the recognizable
and the unseen, and between conviction and reality. It challenges the viewers to ponder their
own forming of identities.
Executed in traditional printmaking processes, these images generate an aura of both familiarity
and other worldliness. They act as lenses through which everyday encounters and existences are
altered in meaningful and surrealistic ways. Victims of their glorified false identities are given the
stage, and pivotal moments of good-intention-turn-tragedy are depicted. The struggle of identity
forming provides a constant inspiration. Surrealist scenes and inventions are constructed for
metaphor and meaning rather than only for novelty's sake.
Elements from Chinese traditional and modern culture are used as symbols and codes that are
crucial in comprehensive delivery of the narratives. Certain established beliefs about childhood
and the process of identity construction are challenged, leading to a deeper look into the
complexity of human psychology. Further philosophical questions about human identity and
human emotional and spiritual needs may be resolved through art making in Xiao Lu Liu's attempt
to explore our conscious connection (and lack lack thereof) with the many essential components
that make up what it means to be human.
Xiao Lu Liu is an emerging artist in Texas. Her works explore the question of identity in the context of
contemporary Chinese culture with an awareness of its long historical background. They are
allegorical and satirical in nature. Among her influences are Hieronymus Bosch, Erick Thor
Sandberg, Kathryn Polk, and Tom Huck.
Xiao Lu Liu commonly works with multiple-plate etching, lithography, and screen print on cotton
paper, and she increasingly experiments with watercolor, acrylic and oil painting as well.
Liu was born in China and grew up there in the 90s and early 2000s. After high school she moved
to the U.S. with her family. She graduated with a BFA from University of North Texas in 2017. Her
works have been shown at Ro2 Art in Dallas, Brick Haus Collective in Denton, and featured in a
Juried exhibitions at Art Space 111 in Fort Worth, and The Texas National Competition & Exhibition
in 2017 with juror Benito Huerta.
January 13, 2018 – February 10, 2018
1. of or relating to marriage or the marriage ceremony:
the nuptial day; nuptial vows.
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals:
Please join us for the opening reception of Nuptials, featuring a new series of prints by legendary
Dallas artist Brian Scott. This series of work features vibrant images of lovers in comical, amorous
poses which will appear in the artist's upcoming book entitled 'Wedding Gifts.'
Brian K. Scott has worked as an artist all of his life. In 1993, Brian graduated from the University of
North Texas with a BFA in Printmaking with a minor in film. Brian has been an active artist in the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for over two decades, in addition to showing in art galleries in New
York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Little Rock, Chicago, and throughout Texas. Since 1990, he has
worked with Brian K. Jones to form the storied ongoing collaborative, Chuck & George. In addition
to his studio work, Brian is the Technical Facilities Manager for the School of Arts and Performance
at the University of Texas Dallas, where he helps running the new 6,000 square foot SP/N Gallery.
He is also founder and a principal artist of the Art Services Collective and co-founder of the Oak
Cliff Studio Tour. Brian Scott is represented by Ro2 Art in Dallas.