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1501 South Ervay, Dallas, TX 75215
214.803.9575
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Erica Stephens
The Serpent is Come
April 22 - May 20, 2017

Ro2 Art is thrilled to present The Serpent is Come, a solo exhibition featuring new works in painting
and sculpture by Erica Stephens, in which the artist cleverly re-construes the underlying motives
behind the work of Impressionist artist Renoir. The show will run from April 22 through May 20, 2017,
with an opening reception held Saturday, April 22, from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at
1501 S. Ervay Street in The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas.

In her latest series, Erica Stephens visually mines the works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, extracting
backgrounds and areas of detail as source material to create abstract paintings featuring her
signature impasto style. In laying claim to Renoir’s polite renderings of society women, she
challenges the ownership and accuracy of such female representations both by reinterpreting
the works through her own hand and through her use of highly sexualized titles that refer to
elements present in the original paintings. Also on display, are sculptural works of snakes and
other natural elements that might have lurked in the actual scenes of Renoir’s backgrounds
and phallic imagery further serving to question the significance and intent of Renoir’s original
content.

ARTIST
Erica Stephens
      
Erica Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. Her works
often combine art historical themes with elements from the Southern craft traditions that her
matriarchs excelled in.

She completed her MFA at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, where she
was granted both the First and the Second Year Graduate Scholarships and was elected by
her cohorts as the Class Marshal of the Otis MFA Class of 2007. During her time at Otis, she returned
to her passion for literature and regularly attended graduate writing lectures to hear visiting
authors speak about their work.

Erica returned to Dallas in 2009 and taught art courses at various schools, including Eastfield
College and University of Texas at Dallas, later developing a curriculum for private, small group
instruction. Erica has had several solo and group exhibitions around Texas during this period. Erica
Stephens now lives in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, where she also maintains her
studio.
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Barbara Horlander
Pink on the Inside
April 22 - May 20, 2017

Ro2 Art is pleased to present Pink on the Inside, a solo exhibition featuring new mixed media works
by Barbara Horlander. In her new installation, Horlander places an emphasis on the intimate
workings of the female body, as it morphs and adapts to the inevitable effects of time. The show
will run from April 22 through May 20, 2017, with an opening reception held Saturday, April 22, from
7-10 p.m. at Ro2 Art, located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas.

Barbara Horlander’s current work reflects her interest in materials, building and exploring ideas of
the body and its assorted maladies related to aging. Using deliberately chosen materials and
techniques, she constructs objects with a nod to the handcrafted. Corporeal textures are
revealed which titillate our senses, provoking a desire to touch. This exchange of time and
unspoken conversation rouses a relationship between maker and beholder.
ARTIST
Barbara Horlander
      
Barbara Horlander is currently a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Painting candidate at Texas Christian
University in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2015 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Herron
School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated with highest distinction. In
1988 she received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Fine Art at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles, California.

Horlander spent twenty years working in various roles in Retail Visual Merchandising and Display
where she honed her skills in the design and production of window displays, prop building, and
the execution of large scale fashion runways and major installations.
Carroll Swenson-Roberts
Temple of Small Wishes
March 16 – April 19, 2017

Ro2 Art @ The Magnolia

“Language is not my first language.”  

That’s Carroll Swenson-Roberts’ take on her communication style.

Instead, she uses color, pattern, space and shape to tell the stories about the figures
and moments that occupy her work. As a young artist growing up in a large Irish
Catholic family, Swenson-Roberts was drawn to medieval art and its symbolism.  

Her narrative art draws on events from her life. The Domestic Life Series involve tales
and myths from her childhood and follows her path as a wife, mother and someone
who was diagnosed with cancer and recovered from it.

Those events have led the subject of her work to become focused on the surprise
and joy of an ordinary life.  

Carroll Swenson-Roberts grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a BFA from the
University of Texas at Austin.  

Carroll Swenson-Roberts and four other artists started Pic/Nic studios in Dallas in 2015.
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