PARADISE VS. UTOPIA: DISPUTED IDEALS
November 19 - December 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to present the final installment of the 2016 Freefall Festival: Paradise vs. Utopia: Disputed Ideals, a group exhibit concerning paradise and utopia as opposing forces, with the dystopian as a “third party insurgency.” The gallery space will be split between paradise and utopia, with artists’ interpretations of each ideal grouped on either side of the divide. As stated by Freefall Festival’s founders, Paradise vs. Utopia features artists “forming alliances and occupying competing space . . . mimicking the disputed ideals of contemporary life.” Aptly timed, the exhibition aims to reflect the fractured sentiments of our polarized society, while inviting viewers to determine their own concepts of “the ideal.”
Paradise vs. Utopia features work in various media by Sheryl Anaya, Rachael Banks, Dwayne Carter, Colette Copeland, Val Curry, Randall Garrett, Danielle Georgiou, Dennis Gonzalez, Randy Guthmiller, Thor Johnson, Rachel Muldez, Patrick Patterson-Carroll, Ryder Richards, David Sunshine, Marilyn Waligore, Montoya Williams, and Carlo Zinzi. The exhibition is on view November 19 through December 17, 2016, with an opening reception Saturday, November 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
ABOUT 2016 FREEFALL FESTIVAL:
Organized by Dwayne Carter and Randall Garrett, the 2016 Freefall Festival features a group of events in Dallas, Texas, beginning in September and running through the end of the year. Coinciding with the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, this series of art exhibitions, spoken word and street performances, and other local events pits the ideas of Paradise and Utopia against one another. By attempting to represent these conflicting ideals in the closing exhibition, the artists are begging for answers. “Are there any winners? Are there losers?” The final exhibition of the festival takes place November 19 – December 17, 2016 at Ro2 Art in Dallas, Texas. http://www.freefallfest.com/
ABOUT RO2 ART
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery in the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established artists, many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery regularly collaborates with organizations such as The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Downtown Dallas Inc, and The Town of Addison, as well as maintaining a gallery program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village. 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 recently exhibited for a third time at the 2016 Dallas Art Fair.