Erica Stephens: The Serpent Is Come

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to present ‘The Serpent is Come,’ a solo exhibition featuring new works in painting and sculpture by Erica Stephens, in which she cleverly re-construes the underlying motives behind the work of Impressionist artist Renoir. The show will run from April 22 through May 20, 2017. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, April 22, from 7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood. In her latest series Erica Stephens visually mines the works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, extracting backgrounds and areas of detail as source material to create abstract paintings featuring her signature impasto style. In laying claim to Renoir’s polite renderings of society women, she challenges the ownership and accuracy of such female representations both by reinterpreting the works through her own hand and through her use of highly sexualized titles that refer to elements present in the original paintings. Also on display are sculptural works of snakes and other natural elements that might have lurked in the actual scenes of Renoir’s backgrounds, phallic imagery that further serves to question the significance and intent of Renoir’s original content through mocking and sexualizing it. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Erica Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist that works in painting, sculpture, and installation. Her works often combine art historical themes with elements from the southern craft traditions that her matriarchs excelled in. She completed her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, where she was Erica Stephens: The Serpent is Come | April 22 – May 20, 2017 (Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art | 1501 South Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215 | 214.803.9575 | Ro2Art.com granted both the First and the Second Year Graduate Scholarships and was elected by her cohorts as the Class Marshal of the Otis MFA Class of 2007. During her time at Otis, she returned to her passion for literature and regularly attended graduate writing lectures to hear visiting authors speak about their work. Erica returned to Dallas in 2009 and taught art courses at various schools, including Eastfield College and University of Texas at Dallas, later developing a curriculum for private, small group instruction. Erica has had several solo and group exhibitions around Texas during this period. Erica Stephens now lives in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, where she also maintains her studio. ABOUT Ro2 Art: Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC, Downtown Dallas, Inc., and The Town of Addison, as well as maintaining an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer's Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. Ro2 Art is a proud member of CADD (the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) and has exhibited at The Dallas Art Fair for three years.

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