Encinitas, CA–Lux Art Institute is pleased to announce the exhibition of Angela Kallus, the fifth and final resident artist at Lux during the 2015–16 season. Kallus’ acrylic relief paintings, with their delicate and purposeful formations, display a vibrant floral aesthetic that both embraces and upends a traditional symbol of femininity and romance: the rose. Her careful placement of blooms creates a velvety texture like that of a lush garden or the frosting of an ambitious wedding cake. Indeed, to make her “sculpture paintings,” Kallus begins with cake decorating tools, which she fills with thick acrylic paint in order to form hundreds of rosettes of varying sizes. This layering and repetition results in both visual and conceptual disorientation, which further emphasizes an overall feeling of the sublime.
During her residency, Kallus plans to complete one large and four small rose “sculpture paintings.” Kallus will reside at Lux June 11–July 9 and the exhibition will run from June 11–July 30, 2016.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Angela Kallus received her BFA in fine arts in 1998 from University of Texas, Arlington, and her MFA in fine arts in 2003 from University of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she worked with acclaimed art critic Dave Hickey. She has exhibited throughout the U.S., including solo exhibitions with Peter Mendenhall Gallery in Los Angeles and Marty Walker Gallery in Dallas. Her many group exhibitions include the Las Vegas Art Museum and Circuit 12 Contemporary in Dallas. Kallus was also a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in 2013 and 2014. She currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lux Art Institute is redefining the museum experience with the region’s only artist-in-residence program that invites artists to live and work on site while producing a commissioned work of art. Lux is committed to making art more accessible and inspiring creative thinking. At Lux, visitors don’t just see finished works of art, they see the artistic process firsthand by observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment.