Exhibition Dates: October 5 – October 26, 1996
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 434 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; arthurrogergallery.com
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of work by nationally recognized artist, Dawn DeDeaux. The Face of God, In Search of comes to New Orleans after its stay at the 1996 Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta. It was there that Dawn was selected as one of eight artists from over 1,500 contenders in a search for artists whose work represents the best of contemporary southern art.
DeDeaux employs photography, painting, video, sound, architectural design and performance to create public, experiential, installation art. Much of her work critically focuses on American sociological and cultural developments as they are influenced by mass media.
In her most recent work, Dawn continues her search to understand human violence and its prevalence in modern society. Loosely based upon two episodes from Tennessee Williams’ play Suddenly Last Summer, The Face of God acknowledges the challenges set forth for modern society when matched against the forces of nature, causing us to question (much like Tennessee’s hero, Sebastian) the reality of our fate and our subjugation to God or nature.
Dawn DeDeaux’s most renowned work Soul Shadows: Urban Warrior Myths toured museums throughout the United States between 1992 and 1994 and was also presented this year at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the Beaux Arts de Saint-Etienne, France, and the Institut Francais in Athens.