Rogue Buddha Gallery Calendar
Exhibit runs thru September 30th
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It is with great pleasure that the Rogue Buddha Gallery welcomes back to its walls the intoxicating work of Caitlin Karolczak.

Karolczak’s works are celebrations of life, death and the mysterious spectrum that binds the two in perpetual dance along with intimate vistas of self and sexuality via her self-portraits.  Each painting is a theatric drama visually emboldened across the two-dimensional plane.

Seeking Arrangement will be on exhibit September until Sept 30th.

Caitlin Karolczak Artist Statement:
My work is concerned with the cult of image by examining the temporal nature of existence. The figures I paint inhabit the space around them, not through action, but with the sense of presence they possess. By means of a sometimes-perverse frame of reference, they seek to have familiarity with the viewer while emitting the perception of voyeurism. I incorporate countless brushstrokes and translucent layers of paint in homage to classical painting techniques, while simultaneously exploring freedom through experimentation with color and means of application.

My self-portraiture examines the taboo subject of female sexuality and its societal status. The works are intimate portrayals of self-ownership of the female body. I’m taking back my personal power by allowing myself to become vulnerable to the viewer.

DEEP CUTS Featuring Matt Franzen and Jonny Kelson
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th 2017, 6 to 10pm
Exhibit runs October 13th to November 11th
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The Rogue Buddha Gallery is honored to present Deep Cuts, an exhibit featuring Matt Franzen and Jonny Kelson. 

This exhibit originated over 10 months ago when both artists approached the Rogue Buddha Gallery with a concept of the two otherwise separate artists working and playing off of each other both in terms of style and content. While the work of each artist shares a commonality in that each plays with the figure, the likenesses tended to end there. Over the past 10 months both artists have worked separately but in close communication, sharing progress of work as well as concept of idea.  While maintaining constant dialogue visually and philosophically, both have remained open to each other’s influence with their final product.

Matt Franzen Artist Statement:
In my recent paintings I’ve employed imagery sourced from photos. This is a fresh direction for me. Many of these images come from post WWII black and white film and also mid to late 19th century Romantic landscape painting.

While falling in love with my new process I started exploring the relationships between these two divergent art forms and their potential symbolism and visual irony. I’ve chosen material from the Hudson River School because many of these idealistic works were used to further the optimism of American Expansionism and Manifest Destiny. I’ve combined many of these with Film Noir imagery. I’m inspired, not only by the irregular lighting patterns and stark visual mood, but also the post war disillusionment, hopelessness, pessimism, fatalism, menace and corruption that's come to define so many of these films.

All this has fueled my methodology with hopes of providing a reflection of our current American landscape.

Jonny Kelson Artist Statement:
Jonny Kelson is an oil painter working in Northeast Minneapolis.

"Depth, drama, nature and life is what I capture between the dark and the light."

Bedlam and Bibelot
Ms. Streeter's Cabinet of Wicked Witches and Terrible Toys
Featuring Whittney A. Streeter
Opening Friday, November 17th, 2017
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Bedlam: a place where the mad reside
Bibelot: trinkets
I grew up in a very old, very full house. There were sepia-toned photos of scowling dead relatives on the walls, yellowing lace curtains over the windows, puzzle boxes, trinkets from foreign travels, armoires and antique steamer trunks; everything was old and worn from use. Antiques and heirlooms were usable and used everyday, but also frighteningly irreplaceable.

In my work, I try to capture this grandmother's attic feeling. It is familiar and inviting, yet unsettling. Reminiscent of old family photos in their recycled frames with faded watercolor, bright ink, and sepia-stained coffee coloring, my work draws on menacing old places, those photos of scowling dead relatives, sewing boxes, stories from childhood, the haunted feeling of being alone, and some mad-scientist quackery. I work to create images that are somehow familiar, yet intriguingly disturbing, creating that sense one would get exploring the forbidden places in the homes of elderly relatives.

Folktales lurk in those same dark, deep childhood memories. They haunt and enchant us as adults. They still scare us in the most familiar ways. This is a series exploring one of the darkest elements of global folktales: the hag. These little old women who live in the woods appear in stories from all over the world, from the child-eating Baba Yaga in Russia, to the old woman in the underworld who helps Marwe in stories from Kenya. These women are wise and wicked, helpful and dangerous. They are often a hero's last hope, but are never to be trifled with. These enchanting female characters remind me of the strongest parts of myself, bold and strange and worth embracing.

Included with the illustrations of hags are a number of interactive objects – toys that are as horrible as the stories we heard and retold in childhood. They are made to be dark and surprising, to feel as old and precariously usable and irreplaceable as the objects I grew up with. They are made to be reminiscent of those times as children when we enjoyed being a little scared.​

YARNADO 2017: Mutti Trunk Show
Saturday, December 2nd, 3 to 8pm
Sunday, December 3rd, 11 to 6pm (with a special Koffee Klatch)
John Langford (solo exhibition)
January 2018
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Bardot (Solo Exhibition)
February 2018
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