Christian Van Minnen’s “Neo Grotesque” Works At Roq La Rue!

From this date, you have exactly two weeks to head on over to Roq La Rue Gallery to check out the exhibit by Seattle’s new transplant, Christian Van Minnen. Aptly titled “Neo Grotesque,” the show flaunts Van Minnen’s “Keyhole” series, which utilize a blend of floral and fauna, akin to the works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, peeking out from under cut out silhouettes of historically-significant art pieces. Textbook nature illustrations meet sci-fi ideas and dramatic coloring in Van Minnen’s pieces. The piece above might seem elegant and graceful, but don’t be fooled; Van Minnen’s pieces often use abstractions of form and figure to turn simple drawings of plants, roots, and mushrooms into strange-looking beasts and people. Head on over to Roq La Rue to view his crafty pieces while you still can.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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13 years ago

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