Shawn McNulty Art Artist

Pulse Twin Cities Art Review March 2002

...Inaugural Exhibit @ Rosalux Gallery

by J.P. Johnson
March 6, 2002
Pulse Twin Cities

Twelve well-known local artists have come together have come together for the opening exhibition at Rosalux Gallery. Exhibiting oil and pastel paintings, installations, collage work, black and white photography and computer design, Rosalux starts off with visual arts for everyone. The gallery, situated in the ever popular NE area, sports an open, if not a bit sparse, white-walled space with high vaulted ceilings, a leather couch and all of the trappings for an urban art affair. Terrence Payne, one of the artists included in the initial show, is the creator behind the new gallery. "There is no reason that artists can't get organized and show their own work," states Payne and so they do. Payne's art co-op offers a six week show, an opportunity to change the gallery space to fit your whims and some basic PR for a small monthly membership fee. Payne, tired of giving half his money to galleries in commissions, created Rosalux as an alternative to the basic gallery scheme and as a place for serious artists to pool resources and ideas. Of considerable note at his first show are Neil Rasmussen, Shawn McNulty and Darrin Mueske. Rasmussen shows off his most notable talent for capturing clean and well-lit shots of specific Minneapolis intersections. His photos change ordinary intersections that you have witnessed ad infinitum while commuting into poignant pictures and thoughtful still frames. Shawn McNulty has perhaps the most innovative art in the show, painting in oils with an unrivaled sense of color and shape. His abstract paintings illustrate how the effective use of simple symbiotic patterns can be just as gripping as traditional portraits. Darrin Mueske's initially confusing collages grow on the viewer and astonish. His images change constantly so that what once seemed to be an inanimate "Angry Chair" morphs into the monstrous. Before you leave, pay close attention to Terrence Payne's sentimental, narrative, two-piece painting called "Trading Ten for One." Although technically, this piece embodies the sensitive and compelling nature of Rosalux. His painting speaks to a family incident, his brother and the sketchy endeavor of deciding to trade one part of your life for the possibility of another. Rosalux, if it continues like it has begun, should be a gallery to watch and look to in the coming seasons.