Still Keeping It Surreal: Back to Baton Rouge for Surreal Salon 9
It’s become a bit of a staple in the South, one of the great recurring exhibitions and parties that we love to cover every year. the Baton Rouge Gallery hosts the national juried exhibition Surreal Salon, an annual celebration of both pop surrealism and lowbrow, which have both become historically significant art movements throughout the world. Jason Andreasen, Executive Director of Baton Rouge Gallery, has championed the scene for years, successfully bringing outsider art to Louisiana in ways that feel authentic and energetic. Along with the annual Surreal Salon Soiree, art is brought to life, encouraging all attendees to become part of the collective performance. This year, Greg “Craola” Simkins served as the Special Guest Juror, personally selecting each work for inclusion in the exhibition from among the many submissions received. In the end, 58 artists qualified for Surreal Salon 9, with “Best In Show” going to Alison Stinely for her work, Rib Meat. Asked to elaborate on the Salon, Craola and Stinely related the experience of judging and making art for this ode to the weird.
June 18, 2017