In The Womb: Death, Birth, and Everything In Between

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In The Womb: Death, Birth, and Everything In Between

1643 N. Las Palmas
Hollywood, CA 90028
September 2nd, 2010 - September 24th, 2010
Opening: September 2nd, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
(323) 856-0667
mixed-media, installation, video-art, sculpture


Scarlett Rouge
In The Womb:  Death, Birth, and Everything In Between
Opening reception September 2, 6 to 9 pm.

Antebellum Gallery
1643 N. Las Palmas Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028
+ 1 323 856 0667 /

Hollywood, CA--Antebellum gallery is pleased to present “In The Womb:  Death, Birth, and Everything In Between,”  the first US solo exhibition by Los Angeles and Paris-based artist Scarlett Rouge. “In The Womb” is a multi-media installation which continues Rouge’s interest in archetypal and alchemical symbologies and the metaphor of birth as it relates to society’s capacity to communicate and evolve.

“In The Womb” creates a narrative questioning our most basic assumptions and deep-seated fears through a series of sculptures materialized in oil paintings inside ostrich eggs, which rest upon hand-sculpted steel pedestals.  The creations are unions of the earthly and celestial, strength and fragility.

Accompanying the sculpture installation is a short video art work, “Magic Trauma Sprinkles.”

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 6-9pm.

Please join Scarlett Rouge for additional salon events at Antebellum:
September 10th, 7-10pm: Film Night: Magic Trauma Sprinkles and other video art works.
September 12th, 10:30am: Yoga with Rouge ($15).
September 19th, 10:30am: Yoga with Rouge ($15).

SCARLETT ROUGE is a multi-medium artist who lives and works in Los Angeles and Paris. Her first performance was at age 4 holding a sign that read “Nepotism” as she and the band “Visiting Kids” opened for Nina Hagen in Hollywood. Over the next 23 years, she sang, acted, painted, sculpted, modeled, cooked, and performed. As a child, her art practice began with a quest to discover what God really is. She became interested in metaphysics, quantum mechanics and Eastern philosophies while furthering her spiritual development through yoga and magick rituals.  Rouge says, “If I found myself in art, it was a combination of my father’s own art practice and my mother saying in her heavy French accent, ‘There are no more philosophers, only artists.’”

Rouge has a permanent installation at Owenscorp in Paris and recently had a solo show at The Palais Bourbon in Paris. In June 2010 she was a guest artist in Vaginal Davis’ performance “Speaking from the Diaphragm” at New York City’s PS122.  Rouge’s work has been shown at Track 16 in Santa Monica, Antebellum Gallery in Hollywood, The Palais Bourbon in Paris and she has participated and performed in alternative spaces.  Rouge graduated from Calarts with a BFA in 2002. Her press coverage includes such publications and websites as Dossier Journal, A Shaded View on Fashion, NY Times Magazine, LA Weekly, and Interview.

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ANTEBELLUM is located in the heart of Hollywood. Founded by Rick Castro in 2005, Antebellum is steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style and is a casual space for art and engaging conversation. The gallery is intended as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm. Antebellum is the only fetish art gallery in America, and perhaps the world. Antebellum approaches the subject of fetish as something personal to each artist. What is their driving force? What moves their soul?

Antebellum is housed in a 1923 building rich in Hollywood history and creative culture. Prior to its current incarnation as an art gallery, the space was an antiquarian bookshop called Baroque books (circa-1960ish-1989) owned by Red Stodolsky. Red was best friends with writer Charles Bukowski, and the two would drink together regularly at the space where they would frequently host impromptu book signings. Designer Rick Owens created his first collections next door from 1995-2004.  The building has been in numerous films ranging from “The Cotton Club” to “Knocked Up.”

RICK CASTRO is an independent filmmaker, photographer and curator living in Los Angeles. His work has been published in artist editions, exhibitions and institutions.  Castro’s works are in the permanent collections of The Alfred Kinsey Institute and The Tom of Finland Foundation. Rick Castro has photographed the Dalai Lama, Gore Vidal, Peter Berlin, Alan Poul, Kenneth Anger and Tony Ward. In 2010 Castro’s work was included alongside Herb Ritts, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol in the exhibition “Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art” at Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation and Central Connecticut State University Art Gallery.

Rick Castro began his professional creative career as a stylist working with the likes of photographers Annie Leibovitz and Herb Ritts and publications including Vanity Fair, GQ, Interview and Rolling Stone magazines. It was through this experience that he learned photography. His fashion photography has been featured in Flaunt, Attitude UK, DNA and Tetu magazines and was a regular contributor for Studio Magazines. Castro co-wrote and co-directed the iconic film “Hustler White” with Bruce La Bruce in 1996. The Los Angeles Times lists “Hustler White” in the “Top 100 Important Independent Films from 1913- 2004.” Castro’s books and zines are archived at the UCLA library. Castro has lectured about his work at NYU, UCLA, The Erotic Museum, and 18th Street Arts Complex.

Rick Castro lives and works in Hollywood, California.

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