This interview over at Hi Fructose about the rise of Seattle’s Roq La Rue with founder Kirsten Anderson is pretty inspiring for anyone dreaming of opening a successful gallery. Growing from the small seed of an idea, the gallery is now a permanent fixture for the New Contemporary and alternative art scene.
Well, originally I was the red headed stepchild here — which was fine with me. I felt the art scene was quite conservative and really attempting to take itself more seriously than warranted. Over the years I think the Roq started to get accorded a certain grudging respect as we kept on hanging in there, and then a sort of admiring disbelief as we started to really sell work. Now Roq La Rue has grown into an established entity, considered a serious, career-launching gallery as opposed to the little scrappy punk upstart we were in the beginning. (This is, of course, about our place in the “art world”, we thankfully always had a big audience with people who were into alternative art and subculture scenes.)
Photo via Roq La Rue