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Don’t miss “The Return of Rococo”: Exhibit ends Saturday

  • T. L. Solien: Cabin Cruiser (oil and enamel on canvas, 2003)
    T. L. Solien: Cabin Cruiser (oil and enamel on canvas, 2003)
    Courtesy of the artist
October 28, 2013

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art presents “The Return of Rococo,” featuring works by Phyllis Bramson, T.L. Solien and Lisa Marie Barber, through Nov. 2, 2013.

The concept of Rococo is reconsidered within a contemporary context in this exuberant exhibit of paintings, works on paper and ceramic sculpture. Surrounded by pastel tints and saturated hues, the burlesque figures and frolicking animals in Phyllis Bramson’s paintings act out dreamy and sometimes disturbing scenes amidst bits and pieces of decorative landscapes intermixed with kitsch and orientalism. T.L. Solien’s images intermix looping biomorphic forms with pop imagery. Lisa Marie Barber’s large ceramic figures are arranged in grotto-like settings that mimic a child-like urban world. Intentionally or coincidentally, the works in this exhibit all engage in a critique or dialogue with the highly charged imagery and the rich coloration reminiscent of the rococo style. 

The H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 6-8 p.m. Thursday evenings, and 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located above the Johnson Art Center, south of the Hedberg Library and A. F. Siebert Chapel. For more information on the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, visit