Artist Robin Van Arsdol – RV – moved out of his Parramore warehouse last spring – the one with artful graffiti on the exterior that he encouraged – and headed back to Germany, where they can’t get enough of his chain-sawed Bart Simpson sculptures and paintings.
But RV’s back and on Dec. 11, he opens Realm 54 Gallery (54 W. Illiana St., just south of West Michigan St.) in a warehouse in the growing SoDo (south of downtown Orlando) district. RV’s the owner, Brian Demchak (aka Decoy) is the director and Brian Heeter is the assistant director.
Realm 54 is about two miles south of the Neon Forest Gallery, and we anticipate some competition between the two, which are both devoted to contemporary local and regional artists.
RV and company have issued an open call for the first show, because they want it to be as inclusive as possible. There’s approximately 2,000 square feet in the two-story building, and RV says it’s “pristine” compared to the old place on West Central Avenue.
Interested artists should visit the Realm 54 website for more information and to submit work for the debut exhibition.