Ross vs. Ross
Opened April 21, 2011
Thursday, Rising Gallery invited me to Ross vs. Ross, an exhibition of the “fruits of art feeding art” featuring new works from Richard Ross, Ross von Rosenberg, and Dan Gremminger.
The main reason I wanted to attend is to check out Richard Ross’s new work, and see the new Rising Gallery space. I was impressed by the work and the new gallery space.
I featured Richard last year in my article about the NRG show, and enjoy his work because, it has a purity and a complicated simplicity. He continues his theme of, “the road to the store” and expands on this idea with an orchard theme. It is based on his concept of having orchards of opportunities and dreams in our lives, and then what we choose to do with the harvest of the orchard.
Richard’s distinctive trees can be seen as soon as you walk in from across the room. As you get closer to the large piece, you notice the tile pattern used in the background. When you are right in front of the piece you can read more on the story, “the road to the store” in small, painted legible writing. My favorite piece from the entire show is one of the large painted trees, the red and black, ‘The Orchard Trees’.
The exhibition also features a wonderful installation of three dimensional trees. The trees have lovely hand-blown glass pieces that state dreams and books are hanging on the limbs and placed at the base of the trees. The books are from Ross von Rosenberg personal library.
Ross von Rosenberg’s work contains collaged pieces in various sizes and vignettes that displayed authors that have inspired the artist over the years. My favorite from his works was a Hemingway vignette featuring 4 pieces, the top was a portrait of Hemingway, the one next to it was a quote from one of his books, and two pieces on the bottom were a bullfighter in full costume fighting a bull. The entire vignette has rich reds, yellows and painted type that had me coming back for another look.
Gremminger’s little blue aliens are worth noting as they feature whimsical outer space aliens and have a wonderful palette of blue. The eyes on the aliens seem to glow in the light.
I am enjoying watching Richard Ross grow as an artist. I like where he is taking his work and the honesty I find while standing in front of his paintings. He is following his own beat, where he is the drummer, artist, and philosopher. Bravo! Richard Ross, Bravo!