Euro Art Tour – “The Eerie Embrace”… one-night art exhibitions in cities across Europe, featuring a collection of 25+ paintings by Grady Roper, visual and musical performance artist from Texas. Roper’s main artistic focus has been on the music project Attic Ted, weirdo gothic carnival post theatrical zonked out Texas music with masks and characters. Over the past ten years Attic Ted has toured extensively through USA and Europe, getting to see cities from the inside, by having a reason to be there, with something to share and the chance to be not just a tourist, but part of the community. With bands, the best way to tour is to play a show, dance party till dawn, then sleep on the train the next day on the way to the next city, and do it all again. This art tour hopes to capture some of that live moment energy and sincere human contact that comes with music performance, but without having to plug in all those cables and carry all those instruments.
Beautiful, seedy, surreal, dream-scape scenarios created out of a swirling dark south Texas perspective based in drug culture nursery rhymes, by utilising thin layers of color acrylic paint and black ink, worked over in an outsider scratchy story teller’s hand. Situations of wonderment depicting characters and human brained animals, frozen in a polaroid snap shot’s audacity, with the gracefulness of a schizophrenic deconstruction, allure of bad intentions, eerie embrace, kind of silly, yet lovely and subtle… art-school-anti-art-school.
Roper has toured the USA and Europe extensively, with his main artistic focus, Attic Ted, a weirdo gothic carnival music performance art with masks and multiple personalities. Attic Ted has played many festivals, aired on dozens of radio shows, and released many records and cds over the past 14 years. The visual aspects of the masks and theatrical body movements of the characters, warp Attic Ted performances into an intoxicatingly macabre delight. watch a video here: http://youtu.be/eW3ww9lNzf8