Exhibition Dates: May 2 – July 22, 2009
Location: Arthur Roger@434, 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999. www.arthurrogergallery.com
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present “Cabin Land” an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Stephen Paul Day. The exhibition will be on view May 2nd – July 22nd, 2009 at Arthur Roger@434, located at 434 Julia Street. The artist will be present at the opening reception hosted by the gallery on Saturday, May 2nd from 6 to 8 pm.
Stephen Paul Day’s latest series “Cabin Land” is comprised of approximately 36 new sculptural works in bronze and porcelain and egg tempera paintings on panels. These new works explore the nature of the legendary civilization named “Cabin Land” after artifacts were discovered buried in the silt of the Mississippi Delta.
In his past exhibitions, Day examines the populist narratives of historic events, souvenirs of infamous characters and childhood memories of fairytales. In his last exhibition, “Innocent Act,” the artist applied elements of these childhood stories to explore issues such as truth and deception and the loss of innocence. Unlike his past exhibitions where he used components of well-known stories as a basis for his work, Day devises his own narrative to communicate his ideas in “Cabin Land.” In this story about an ancient civilization, Day tackles issues of identity as he unveils a society that has built its cabins in porcelain, honored its children and eventually succumbed to parody.
Born in Iowa, Stephen Paul Day grew up in Baton Rouge; however, he says, “my parents were well-traveled.” He attended high school in Vienna and first studied glass in Paris. He first earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 1977 and then attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts for four years, where he received a Diplome Technique in lithography, intaglio and stained glass in 1980. Subsequently, in 1984 Day received a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and glass at L.S.U. where he also studied video, which he still uses in his installations. He went on to teach at L.S.U. and built a hot shop there and developed the sculptural glass program. Day has traveled all over the world making glass and teaching. Currently he is on the faculty at the Bild-Werk Academy in Frauenau, Germany, where he teaches bronze casting.
Day’s paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in the United States as well as internationally. His work can be seen in many collections, including the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Quebec, the Kunokube Glass Museum-Nagahama, Japan and the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where he was recently an artist in residence. Day has received many prestigous awards including a Krasner Pollack grant, a Medaille de Bronze for the salon de Paris, and most recently a career grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for an installation exhibited during the 2008 Prospect.1 biennial in New Orleans.
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