Surreal Salon Six - An Exhibition of Pop-Surrealist / Lowbrow Art from Across America, Juried by Greg Escalante (Co-Founder of Juxtapoz Magazine)
In January, Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art proudly presented Surreal Salon Six, a national juried exhibition of pop-surrealist and lowbrow art from across America. This year's exhibition features 80 works from 58 artists representing 20 states. To view pictures of the exhibition on Flickr, click here.
Presented by Baton Rouge Gallery center for contemporary art (BRGCCA), Surreal Salon Six was aimed at once again engaging audiences in a multi-sensory art experience like no other in the region by shedding light on the growing popularity and exceptional quality of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement. The special guest juror for this year’s exhibition was art collector, curator, gallerist and publisher Greg Escalante.
The lineup for the Surreal Salon Soiree, which took place at the gallery on January 25 included a live performance from "The Russian Mafia Band" Debauche, an interactive experience provided by Elevator Projects, beats by Cameron Kelly, over 450 guests in their most surreal attire and much, MUCH more!
This exhibition was held from January 2-30, 2014 at BRGCCA, in partnership with the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Art. Escalante is a part of the School’s 2013-2014 season, “Malleable Language” and presented a unique lecture titled “Lowbrow Art: Blessing or Curse?” at the School of Art’s Design Building (Room 103) on January 27, 2014.
Marcus Howell's intaglio "Those with Grotesque Reach and Horrific Intent" was selected by Escalante as “Best in Show” for Surreal Salon Six and is prominently featured in a two-page editorial in the April, 2014 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine.
One of the most influential voices in the pop-surrealist/lowbrow art movement, Escalante is a respected art collector, gallery owner (Copro Gallery), curator, and publisher. He is credited - along with artist Robert Williams - as one of the co-founders of Juxtapoz, the world’s most widely-distributed art magazine. He also is credited as executive producer of "The Treasures of Long Gone John" (2006). Today, Escalante is an important voice in the emergence and future of the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement, having put together some of the most important exhibitions in the past 20 years including Kustom Kulture (Laguna Art Museum, 1993) and Kustom Kulture II (Huntington Beach Arts Center, 2013). He has been a catalyst for change in contemporary American art and has helped to catapult the careers of numerous visual artists.
Escalante also gave a presentation at BRGCCA on Sunday, January 26, 2014 (4 p.m.) that touched on a variety of topics related to the pop-surrealist/lowbrow movement and Surreal Salon Six. The presentation, which was free and open to the public, included remarks from LSU's Darius Spieth and Joseph Givens regarding the history and emergence of the pop-surrealist movement.
Any questions related to Surreal Salon Six should be directed to Baton Rouge Gallery via email or phone at 225.383.1470.
This program is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and Baton Rouge Metro Council.