Baton Rouge Gallery's Surreal Salon Soiree: A Multi-Sensory Celebration of National Juried Exhibition
Baton Rouge Gallery's Third Annual Surreal Salon is a national juried exhibition featuring the works of 27 contemporary surrealist and pop-surrealist artists from 11 states will run from Jan. 4-27, 2011. Juried by Cleveland, OH based painter and sculptor Chris Ryniak, the multimedia exhibition draws attention to the growing popularity and exceptional quality of this movement.
On Saturday, Jan. 23, Baton Rouge Gallery will host a unique and multifaceted celebration of the exhibition with the Surreal Salon Soiree from 6-10 p.m. An irreverent evening of art, live musical performances, surrealist games, costumed attendees and more, the Surreal Salon Soiree will be unlike any event the arts community in the area has seen since last year's affair.
The Soiree's headlining musical act, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, will bring the exciting and unpredictable brand of entertainment that has garnered them international critical acclaim to BRG. Icons of New Orleans' experimental underground, Quintron & Miss Pussycat combine high-energy, hypnotic swampy dance music with dynamic, Technicolor puppet shows. The duo has performed the world over from New Zealand to Europe and across the United States. From Quintron's lo-fi genius presented with his own hand-made instruments to Miss Pussycat's playfully enthralling puppet theater, this will be a performance as inventive and unrestrained as anything Baton Rouge has seen before.
Opening the night up will be local favorite DJ OttO. Reprising his performance at last year's Soiree, OttO's infectious mixes and spins have earned him a cult-like following in the greater Baton Rouge area. Over the past five years, OttO's participation in some of the area's most beloved art events (Uncommon Thread Wearable Art Show, Stabbed in the Art, etc.) have showcased his own knack for multigenerational, genre-defying musical experiences that always get audiences ready to move.
Also returning this year is the fire performance troupe, Jebediah Goodstuff's Pyromaniacal Olde-Thyme Travelling Sideshow. Last year, Surreal Salon attendees were not only greeted with their ingenious and artistic flame-twirling, but were treated to an extended choreographed feature performance paired with DJ OttO's unique score. Once again, more than a half-dozen performers will be on hand to turn up the heat on Baton Rouge's premier art event!
One of the most visually stunning aspects of the Soiree is the audience itself. Everyone is invited to top the imaginative costumes worn during the 2010 event when attendees included unicorns, mermen, big pigs, a band of superheroes, tree nymphs and almost any other dreamlike creature one can imagine. Cash and prizes will be awarded to those judged to have the "most surreal" attire.
The Soiree just wouldn't be complete without a contemporary take on the surrealist games which helped spur such artistic giants of the 20th century as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte and are still used today. In 2010, dozens of Soiree attendees took part in a wide array of surrealist games including Exquisite Corpse and Ghosts of My Friends. This time around, these games and more will once again give attendees the chance to express and explore their own artistry.
The Soiree will also see the announcement of the five award-winning pieces featured in BRG's Surreal Salon and the awarding of more than $2,000 in cash and prizes.
This extravaganza of art, music, games and more will take place at Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, inside BREC's Historic City Park. For more information, visit batonrougegallery.org or call 225-383-1470.
Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program). The Gallery also receives support from the Community Fund for the Arts, WRKF, its Community Members and the late Paula Manship.