(Dallas, TX) Ro2 Art is pleased to welcome artist Allison Belliveau-Proulx for her solo exhibition, Choosing Heroes, an exploration on how the media and social trends affect our perceptions of heroes. Fictional heroes are given unattainable standards and yet often have flaws to make them more relatable to the average. However, when meeting a real-life hero, our perceptions of heroes are so overblown that we fail to recognize them for what they are. Her work collages images from popular culture and iconography to show the ebb and flow of social conscious and how that might affect their perceptions of heroes. The opening reception will take place Thursday, May 4th from 6 to 8 pm, with the show running from April 29th to June 6th. Choosing Heroes will be on exhibition at Ro2 Art at The Magnolia, located at 3699 McKinney Ave. Ste. 100 / West Village.
I believe there is a universal impact of the media throughout the world, effecting people both positively and negatively. My work reflects my reactions and perceptions to the complexities of media’s impact on society. The manner with which information is presented is so fleeting that our responses have become fleeting as well. This blur has a numbing effect on our perception.
In this series, “Choosing Heroes,” I am reflecting on how society and the media influence our choice of heroes, and how necessary, although not always acceptable, it is for our heroes to be flawed. Fictional heroes need to be flawed to make them more believable and to gain our empathy. Most find it harder however, when meeting our real life heroes, to discover they are less than the perfect image we had painted them to be in our minds. Our criteria for real life heroes seems almost unattainable, and we are less forgiving and empathetic when discovering what we consider to be their flaws. Often real life heroes are overlooked because they are not able to attain the image of what the media and society has depicted a hero to be.
I use collage, with patterns containing established iconography that reflect the society depicted, and printed imagery from media and pop culture to serve as asocietal subconscious. The representational, traditional approach to painting is used selectively to reveal and obscure the collage beneath, reflecting cultural identity and the present reality of urban living.
ABOUT ALLISON BELLIVEAU-PROULX:
Born in Staten Island, NY, Allison attended Rhode Island School of Design and ultimately received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1989. After college, she worked as a freelance illustrator for a few years and then landed a job as a background artist at Hanna Barbera. She worked on many shows including Tom and Jerry, Droopy, Johnny Quest, and Yogi to name just a few.
After two years, she left to work as a background artist for Disney Feature Animation and worked on the films Aladdin, Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Fantasia Continued. Allison left the animation industry to start a family and it was then that she began her career as a fine artist. In 2010, she decided to return to school and received her MFA from TWU. Allison currently is an instructor at Art Institute of Dallas part time while she continues to pursue her fine art.
ABOUT Ro2 ART:
Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a fullservice gallery and consultancy in Downtown Dallas, representing a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists, many with ties to the North Texas Region. At present, Ro2 Art focuses on the exhibition and sale of work in all visual media at the gallery in the historic Kirby Building, as well as through public exhibition programs in partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc., The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and The Town of Addison. 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.
All works will be on view April 29 to June 6. Please join us for the opening on Thursday, May 4th, from 6 to 8pm at Ro2 Art at The Magnolia, located at 3699 McKinney Ave. Ste. 100 / West Village. For more information, visit www.Ro2art.com or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.