|RO2ART // NOV04 // 7-10PM
|Ro2 Art Gallery
1501 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
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November 4 – December 2
|Ro2 Art is pleased to present ‘Paraíso,’ a solo exhibition featuring new works by Fort Worth artist
Erika Duque. The show will run from November 4 through December 2, 2017. There will be an
opening reception held Saturday, November 4, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay
Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
Paraíso reflects on artist Erika Duque’s recent trip to Tulum, Mexico and the lush jungles and
vegetation that she saw during her time there. Paraiso translates to paradise in Spanish and
Duque’s paintings reflect the tropical paradise of her trip with bright vibrant colors of orange and
reds as well as sharp verdant greens. Duque painted with a specific color palette and looser
strokes in order to intensify the dream like qualities of the subject matter and take the viewer to a
pleasurable worry free locale. For Duque, the paintings in Paraíso reflect both memories and
Erika Duque is a Dallas based artist who received her bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing
from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a candidate for receiving her
Masters in Fine Arts from Texas Christian University. Erika is known for her remarkable ability to
capture foliage and primarily paints lush jungles, forests, and landscapes from various trips. Her
painting ability has earned her a smattering of group shows, two solo exhibitions, and a recent
nomination by Ro2 Gallery for the Rising Stars Exhibition at The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts.
Joy Element - cutting paper and more
October 12 - November 14, 2017
Ro2 Art at THE MAGNOLIA | 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
November 4 – December 2
|Ro2 Art is pleased to present ‘Pegasus Armor,’ a solo exhibition featuring new works by Fort Worth
artist Joshua Goode. The show will run from November 4 through December 2, 2017. There will be
an opening reception held Saturday, November 4, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S.
Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
As an artist, Joshua Goode fabricates convincing archaeological evidence to support the
existence of the imaginary Aurora-Rhoman civilization, preserving his childhood memories in the
guise of ancient artifacts. This personal mythology is bolstered by Goode’s staged archaeological
digs, which allow the artist to adopt and distort both the historical and mythological aspects of
various regions around the world. Inspired by amateur archaeologists such as Heinrich Schliemann
who discovered Troy, and by past elaborate hoaxes like that of the Piltdown Man, Goode uses his
“discoveries” to manipulate and verify his invented civilization.
In his upcoming exhibition, Goode documents one of the top three unexplained mysteries of North
Texan history – the discovery of the Golden Pegasus Armor. Below is an account from The Aurora-
Rhoman Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Relics, Goode’s made-up, archaeological research
Of all the unexplained mysteries in North Texas there are three that clearly top the list—The Aurora
Spaceman, the Ancient Stone Wall in Rockwall, and the most unbelievable, the Golden Pegasus
Armor. Discovered in 1994 northwest of Fort Worth, a subterranean tomb containing prehistoric
artifacts is discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon it after following their dog down a
narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old artifacts, consisting mostly of arms
and armor, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Auroralithic period, the highlight
of which is the complete set of Golden Pegasus Horse and Rider Armor that was fitted for a child.
This has led researchers to assume the tomb likely belonged to a child, and even more remarkable
that much of the armor was made by the child. There is ongoing debate as to whether this was
common armor fabricating practice or if this was a crude youthful attempt at replicating popular
designs of the era.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1981, Joshua Goode is researching and developing mythic historical
misinterpretations and manipulations in an effort to expose the malleability of our past, present
and future. His alternate history and mythology preserve memories of childhood life in Texas by
reimagining objects and imagery from his youth as iconic ancient artifacts. Having studied history
and worked as an archaeologist on many actual excavations, he conducts staged excavations
around the world, working with the community as a performance. The constructed artifacts of his
invented civilization mix fact and fiction to appropriate and distort the history and myths of each
region he engages. His ‘artifacts’ have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in international venues
such as the Razliv Museum, St. Petersburg, (Russia); Capellades Museum, Barcelona, (Spain);
Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, (China); Darb 1718 in Cairo, (Egypt); LaSala Gallery,
Zaragoza, (Spain); Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, (Croatia); Borey Gallery, St. Petersburg,
(Russia), the Monchskirchein Museum, Salzwedel, (Germany), and Ivy Brown Gallery, New York,
Joshua received his MFA from Boston University and has participated in residencies in Russia,
Germany, Finland, Spain and worked as a researcher on archaeological digs for the University of
Tubingen at Vogelherd Cave in Germany. He received the Dozier Award from the Dallas Museum
of Art and is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Tarrant County College in Fort