All photos by Daniel Veintimilla.
AuralieusæArtist, aka Mark Stevens, and Brook Lyn (whose name is virtually impossible to Google) are longtime collaborators and pals whose work complement each other just about perfectly. The duo’s latest team-up can be seen in the self-deprecatingly titled “Pretty Art by Unattractive People.” Works by both can be seen throughout the lounge in different displays, including clever light boxes on the eastern wall.
What makes this collaborative show even more distinctive is the artist friends work together on individualæworks as well as showing their own pieces. Brooklyn calledæAuralieusæher “art soulmate” when we met her at the reception.
“I love collaborating with Marko,” Brook Lyn shared after the event. “We approach the work in the same way; itäó»s pure and authentic in the moment. Itäó»s magic.”
It’s definitely a mutual admiration society.æ”I really like making the collab pieces with Brook Lyn,” Auralieusæechoed. “Its like boom-pow for real.”
Though the dim lighting of the lounge made art viewing challenging, we were able to notice off the bat that bothæartists reveal honesty and emotion with irreverent, sometimes dark humor and shrewd commentaries on cultural and gender inequities. Brook Lyn occasionally incorporates text and imbues hints of truths that are unseen; thinkæMr. Subliminal from Saturday Night Live but with evocative prose and illustration. Her unique amalgam recalls comic book aesthetics but with heart-grabbing, resonant imagery.
Meanwhile, Auralieus, known for his lovable robots, offers stark beauty, mischief and dystopian charms, and equally jarring motifs. His work has clean lines and precision that also hearkens illustrated novels but with more of that “boom-pow” mentioned above.
The artists get extra kudos for curating a night of fantastic live music, featuring sets by Jordan Esker and the 100 Percent, Lassyu, Mountain Holler and Dead Cities. Photographer Daniel Veintimilla and I couldn’t stay for the entire night (though we enjoy all four acts). We were able to catch two out of four bands (Esker’s and Lassyu), as you’ll see in the photos below.
“I think Iberian Rooster will be a good place for art shows — especially if they invest in some lighting,” added Auralieus. “The bands were also amazing.”
Sidenote: Stevens will be curating theæArtOfficial Intelligence: The 6th Annual St. Pete Robot Exchangeæon Feb. 10 at Bar@548, St. Petersburg.