Xiao Lu Liu: Intimate Oddness

April 3 - May 14 — Dallas, TX

Ro2 Art is proud to present Intimate Oddness, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Xiao Lu Liu. The show will run from April 3 through May 14, 2019. There will be an opening reception held on Thursday April 4, 6-8 PM at the Ro2 Art in the Magnolia Theatre located at 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Xiao Lu Liu creates surrealist images exploring the struggles of forming personal identity. Using elements and symbols from both traditional and modern Chinese culture as codes to deliver her narratives, Xiao seeks to challenge established beliefs about children and the practice of identity construction upon them since early childhood. Born in China and eventually moving to the United States in 2007, Xiao uses her lens of contemporary Chinese culture to form the ideas behind her satirical themes. Her work displays images of familiarity, altered in unnatural ways in an attempt to explore conscious connection and the essential components that make us human.

Artist Statement
Executed in printmaking processes and painting, my images generate an aura of both familiarity and other worldliness. They act as lenses through which everyday encounters and existences are altered in meaningful and surrealistic ways. Victims of their glorified false identities are given the stage, and pivotal moments of good-intention-turn-tragedy are depicted. The struggle of identity forming provides a constant inspiration for me. Surrealist scenes and inventions are constructed for metaphor and meaning rather than only for novelty’s sake. Elements from Chinese traditional and modern culture are used as symbols and codes that are crucial in comprehensive delivery of the narratives. Certain established believe about children and the practice of identity construction upon them since their early childhood are challenged, leading to a deeper look into the complexity of human psychology. This further leads to asking questions on human identity and human emotional and spiritual needs; to me, art creation is an attempt to explore our conscious connection (and the lack of it) with these essential components that makes us human.

About The Artist
Xiao Lu Liu is an emerging artist in Texas. Her works explore the question of identity in the context of contemporary Chinese culture with an awareness of its long historical background. They are allegorical and satirical in nature.

Xiao Liu works with multiple-plate etching, lithography, screen print and relief printmaking on paper. She increasingly experiments with acrylic painting as well.

Liu was born in China and grew up there until 2000s. In 2007 she moved to the United States with her family. She graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas in 2017. Her works have been shown at Ro2 Art in Dallas. Some of the Juried exhibitions her works has been included are the Third Annual Artspace111 Regional Juried Exhibition, Texas National 2017 Art Competition & Exhibition, Texas Vignette 2nd Annual Art Fair, and Select Impressions UNT Printmaking Alumni Juried Exhibition. In 2018, She had her first solo exhibition Arrested Identity with Ro2 art Gallery.

About Ro2 Art
Ro2 Art, a contemporary fine art gallery located in The Cedars Neighborhood near Downtown Dallas, represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists – many with ties to the North Texas Region. The gallery, founded in 2010 by mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth, regularly collaborates with organizations such as The MAC and Cedars Union and maintains an exhibition program within the Magnolia Theatre at West Village and other satellite venues. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s “Best Art Gallery” and was presented with the 25th Annual Obelisk Award for small business by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts. The gallery’s art fair program has included the Dallas Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Art Aspen.

All works will be view April 3 – May 14, 2019. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, April 4, 6-8 PM, at Ro2 Art in the Magnolia Theatre located at 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204 For more information, visit, or call Jordan Roth at (214) 803-9575.

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