Press & Media

Dawn DeDeaux’s “Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In an Effort to Make Sense Of It All” featured in Artillery Magazine

Open only at night, DeDeaux’s installation riffs on Toole’s evocation of fate and furies. The artist uses the three-story mansion to great effect. Off each story is a balcony, behind which are French doors and windows. Using various staging setups, including mannequins costumed with dunce hats that look weirdly like figures from the Inquisition, and a room full of masks and odd artifacts, she sets up a fun-house tableau on each floor. There are rooms you can enter and rooms that you view from the center of the courtyard, which boasts a wagon with a fountain that has distinct masturbatory connotations, consistent with the Reilly character. The rooms have video projections or staged lighting, which makes a dramatic impact. Looking up from the grounds of the courtyard, you can see ethereal, spinning videos. In a large downstairs room is a dance video, if one can call it that. DeDeaux cast the contemporary diva of New Orleans bounce music, Katey Red, to play the role of Goddess Fortuna, accompanied by two backup dancers as “the Wheelettes”—to spin the wheels of our fate. The energetic figures in the video have an uncanny optical effect of appearing disembodied in the outdoor courtyard through a device of reflection. I watched entranced through the windows of the room at the courtyard; it was truly disturbing, and inspiring. Worked from its literary source, DeDeaux’s zany, smart and wildly imaginative installation goes far beyond illustration to become an atmosphere that is indeed inhabited by the Goddess Fortuna. Read More

“Round Up: The Best of Prospect.2 New Orleans: Part 3,” Pelican Bomb

The moment the sky turns dark is transformative. In the Brulatour Courtyard, it’s the time when Dawn DeDeaux’s perverted portrait of Ignatius Reilly comes to life, converting the romanticism of the historic courtyard into the dark imaginings of John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Those familiar with the iconic New Orleans novel will recognize central elements from the narrative in this installation. The Levy Pants revolution, the Lucky Dog cart, and Reilly’s hunting cap all make appearances; while Reilly’s slovenly bed occupies center stage of the courtyard, fountain spewing from its center. Read More

Dawn DeDeaux’s Prospect.2 Installation “Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In An Effort To Make Sense Of It All” at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Brulatour Courtyard

“DeDeaux, a New Orleans native and one of America’s pioneering new media artists, employs her visionary sense of space, light and media to transform the Brulatour Courtyard into “Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces In An Effort To Make Sense Of It All.” Inspired by John Kenney Toole’s classic New Orleans novel, “A Confederacy of Dunces,” the exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the novel’s Pulitzer Prize, exploring its underlying philosophical themes.” Read More

“What was best at the Art for Art’s Sake 2011 block party,” The Times-Picayune

Last night’s Art for Art’s Sake block party was a pleasant blur. With the temperature in the sweet seventies and not a cloud in the autumn sky – really, not one – it was the perfect night for an art promenade. Read my AFAS preview here. Julia Street was crowded, but not as cramped as August’s White Linen Night. Lines at the outdoor bars were minimal and the food I sampled – macaroni and cheese studded with lobster – was outstanding. It would have been a great night out, even if the art had not been completely captivating. Read More

“Strange Alchemy,” Gambit Weekly

Strange Alchemy By Eric D. Bookhardt, GAMBIT WEEKLY The objects on view are all too familiar, though not necessarily reassuring. Wrecking balls, ladders and water, lots of water, offer no end of troubling associations — and not just for local associations. Those same images also resonate in the wake of the recent horrific flooding in…  Read More

“Transcending the Walls of the Museum,” ArtVoices

Transcending the Walls of the Museum: Dawn DeDeaux’s Philosophy of Space by Jenelle Davis, ARTVOICES Prolific, astute, engaging and very New Orleanian, Dawn DeDeaux has established herself as a formidable presence in the art world both locally and further afield. DeDeaux’s seminal body of work has resulted in her frequent recognition as a forerunner of…  Read More

“Interpreting Katrina”, The Daily Advertiser

As you walk up the stairway to the upper floor of the Opelousas Museum of Art, you hear the sound of running water and chirping birds. Above that, you hear a woman singing a mournful song, her voice reflecting pain and longing. Read More

“On the Death in New Orleans”, Art in America

One month after my rapid exodus from New Orleans, I return to a city dead. Yet there are familiar sights in the maze of debris: I see the work of Leonardo Drew in the matted rolls of wet housing insulation, Cy Twombly scratches in the enamel of wind-tossed cars, Keith Sonnier configurations in the twisted neon signs knotted with plastic bags, a Richard Serra monument in the mammoth, rusted, severed barge at an intersection . . . and on and on the story goes. Read More