Lauren Roche


Lauren Roche: Collected Vessels

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from March 9-April 14
12-5 p.m.
Art, Galleries

Local artist Lauren Roche is returning to Bockley Gallery for her second solo exhibition in the space. “Collected Vessels” features five mixed-media works on paper. A self-taught artist originally from Santa Rosa, California, Roche moved to Minneapolis in 2006. With her piercing imagery and bold sense of color, she’s the kind of artist that steals the show any time she is presented with other artists. Roche uses an intense theatricality in her works, and her latest pieces are filled with lounging exotic animals and nude women in ritualistic paint. Featuring browns, reds, and other earth tones, these pieces have an ancient quality, as if viewers are peering at works from an earlier civilization. Fantastical jungles erupt into living-room domestic scenes, with Roche’s idiosyncratic figures and abstract gestures dazzling with an extemporaneous sensibility. At once serene, surreal, and utterly captivating, this is a series you will want to see in person.