Ryan Matthew Cohn and Jean Labourdette “Mors Et Anima” at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle.

Ryan Matthew Cohn “Nature Morte” Wood, Polychrome, Paint, Silver, Preserved Butterflies & Insects
Show runs through November 25th

From the Gallery’s press release:

The concept of the Wunderkammer, aka The Cabinet Of Curiosities has been an artistic inspiration for some time, however a new show opening in November by Ryan Matthew Cohn and Jean Labourdette takes it up a notch with an exceptional show of sculptures and paintings based thematically on the subject. Wunderkammers arose originally in the 16th century amongst the intellectually curious elite, who built rooms devoted to collections of objects gleaned from other cultures and the ethno-botanically wondrous. These collections served as the precursor to the concept of the Natural History museum… treasure troves meant to install creative wonder as well as scientific learning and examination. Contemporary wunderkammers often include historical oddities and can lean towards the macabre with collections of bones, taxidermy, and religious artifacts. 
Jean Labourdette “Prehumous Reliquary”
Jean Labourdette “Don’t Stand There Gawping Like You’ve Never Seen The Hand of God Before!”(Homage to Terry Gilliam) Oil and gold leaf on wood, gold leaf on metal
Ryan Matthew Cohn Quis evadet (Who will be spared?) Bone, Wood, Polychrome, Brass.
Ryan Matthew Cohn is widely known in Antique, Collector, and Oddities circles around the globe. Acclaimed for not only for his stint as an expert on the Sci Fi channel TV show “Oddities”, his breathtaking personal collection, and the hugely popular and influential traveling “Oddities Flea Market” he started with his with Regina Marie Cohn, he has a cult following for his sculptural work, in particular his articulated skull pieces. For this show, Ryan has stretched his oeuvre to create 5 haunting sculptures created with human skulls and very rare antique reliquary pieces.

Montreal based artist Jean Labourdette emerged from the graffiti (Known as Turf One) and tattoo worlds, but is mostly lauded for his hyper-realistically rendered works of poetically odd characters, meticulously painted skulls and birds, and loving and sympathetic portraits of dogs, often ensconced in reliquary inspired frames- adding a dimension of reverence and appreciation for things we often pass by in the mundane world.
Jean Labourdette “Anima” Acrylic on panel, antique 18th century Belgian reliquary
Ryan Matthew Cohn Totentanz (Dance of Death). Bone, Taxidermy, Marble, Wood, Brass.
Ryan Matthew Cohn
Jean Labourdette
Roq La Rue Gallery 
2806 Madison E
Seattle WA 98122
IG: @roqlarue

Ebon Flowe

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