Red Rocket Gallery-Virtually Good Looking

Red Rocket Gallery is the latest incarnation of the Gallery started by Lenore Thomas and Jason Ruhl several years ago.  Lenore explained to me, “Red Rocket started as an actual space in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago.  When Jason and I moved to different cities, we decided to keep it going as a virtual space.” And I for one am, glad that they did. While not a dedicated print space, the gallery’s aesthetic leanings lend itself to a graphic sensibility. In addition to showing great art the virtual gallery has the added benefit that, “You can check out all the amazing work while sitting in your underwear from the luxury of your own home.” Personally I prefer a smoking jacket but you can’t argue with the convenience.

Their first show featured some great work by Derrick Buisch and Damon Locks. Derrick is a professor at UW- Madison and work appears to be paintings employing a range of materials with a compelling  lo-fi digita/print aesthetic. Damon is a chicagoland musician and artist. He makes beautifully nostalgic layered images that collage hand-drawn and photographic elements and text. 

Derrick Buisch, Hornets Nest

Derrick Buisch, Hornets Nest

Dammon Lock, Looking Forward to Tomorrow

Dammon Lock, Looking Forward to Tomorrow

Red Rocket’s latest exhibition showcases the AngelFUCK Exchange Portfolio organized by Curtis Readel and Michael McGovern. The whole portfolio is online but a few choice examples are below.

flowers
                                                 screen print by Ann Flowers
cannon
                                             screen print by Chris Cannon
standfest                                                 etching by Ryan Standfest

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