The Red River Revel and Baton Rouge-based visual artist Chase Mullen released the poster artwork for the 46th Annual edition of the festival on Tuesday. The artwork, painted by Mullen and commissioned by the Red River Revel, features a railroad crossing signal surrounded by wildlife common to Louisiana. A limited run of posters will be available during the 46th Annual Red River Revel, October 1-9, 2022, at the Souvenir Tower.
The Red River Revel held a small reception to reveal the new artwork with its Governing Board, Festival Production Committee, sponsors, and stakeholders on Tuesday evening at Central Artstation. At the end of the event, the primary sponsors of the Revel were presented with the first five festival posters printed, each one signed and custom framed by the artist. “I wanted the artwork to be an extension of my own work but also a reflection of my experience as a Revel artist,” Mullen said. “I focused on the railroad because it is so intertwined with the festival locations, and the sights and sounds of the Revel. I wanted to bring these elements to the forefront combined with the wildlife and landscape of Louisiana. I feel like this piece is a love letter to Louisiana but also the train tracks surrounding festival plaza that I’ve come to know so well.”
Mullen’s paintings are a contemporary take on southern wildlife and culture, heavily influenced by antique field guides and early scientific illustration. Using a realist painting technique, they draw attention to anatomy and the juxtaposition of environments both organic and man-made. There is an underlying tension of balance through transition. The artist carefully contextualizes the unique natural history of the south to convey underlying themes of nature, culture, and space. Since Mullen’s debut solo exhibition, held in the gallery room of the Louisiana State Archives, his work has been exhibited in gallery spaces in Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and internationally. His paintings are part of various private collections around the world.
“This poster is a clean and modern design that sits in stark contrast from previous Revel posters,” said Revel Executive Director Logan Lewis. “Working with Chase has been a pleasure, he really understood the assignment. From development and feedback, to being willing to travel to Shreveport for the release event, and even for allowing us to use some of his artwork for other applications to set the theme, he has excelled with this project and we couldn’t be happier with it.”