In March, BRG presents the latest works of Paul Dean and Marcus McAllister
Baton Rouge Gallery (“BRG”), a BREC facility, is proud to feature the latest works from two artist members – Paul Dean and Marcus McAllister – during its current exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at BRG through March 30 with no admission charges during normal gallery hours (12-6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday).
As always, we invite you to join us on the first Wednesday of the month (March 1) for the exhibition’s opening reception, celebrating Dean and McAllister’s works. The event is open to the public at no charge and will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. In addition to the latest from these artists, you will enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music.
On Sunday, March 5, the gallery’s ARTiculate Artist Talk series will offer an intimate look at the inspirations, techniques and thoughts that led to the works featured in the gallery. The exhibition’s featured artists will be on hand to discuss his work and answer questions from those in attendance. ARTiculate begins at 4 p.m. and is also free and open to the public.
With "Armageddon is a Place on Earth," collage artist Paul Dean experiments with juxtapositions of iconography from sacred texts and pop culture.
His work playfully questions what happned when, as Christian religious texts explain it, God created the heavens and the Earth in seven days. He asks "What might he have done in, let's say ten days?"
Dean has been a BRG artist member since 1993. He currently serves as a professor of color theory, typography and graphic design history at Louisiana State University and also works as a freelance graphic designer and performing DJ.
His work has been exhibited at the Slidell Cultural Center, the LSU Union Art Gallery, The Southwest Missouri State University Student Exhibition Center, the University of Florida and the Margaret Harwell Art Museum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
Spontaneous Order, Marcus McAllister’s latest exhibition at BRG, is the result of a story still unfolding for the artist. Inspired by imagery that first struck him eight years ago while watching Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film, “The Seventh Seal,” for the first time, McAllister finds himself exploring icons and figures from medieval fantasy in much the same way Bergman did after being inspired by Albertus Pictor’s 1480 painting, “Death Playing Chess.”
McAllister says, “A little over a year ago, when an insistent knight kept popping up in my works desite my resistance, I realized this was a call to a quest. It was time to confront my doubts and demons, so I put on my armor and returned to the forest.”
A BRG artist member since 1995, McAllister is a familiar face on the global art scene. Originally from Arkansas, McAllister now lives in Paris, France. His work has been shown around the world from Paris to New York and back to Baton Rouge. McAllister began an artistic journey after graduation that led him to many artistic endeavors that have included an artist residency with the city of Beauvais and L’Ecume de jour and countless one man shows at the Parsons School of Design, among galleries in Paris, Gallery 26 in Little Rock, Arkansas and more.
If you would like more information on this exhibition or other programming and events at Baton Rouge Gallery, please contact us at 225.383.1470.