Jacqueline Bishop: Trespass

Exhibition Dates: April 2 – 30, 2005
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2 from 6–8 pm
Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present “Trespass,” a major exhibition of recent work in varied media by Jacqueline Bishop. The exhibition will be on view from April 2 – 30, 2005 at the Arthur Roger Gallery at 432 Julia Street. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday, April 2 from 6 to 8pm.

Jacqueline Bishop, Natural Order. 2003, mixed media. 31 x 27 inches.

Jacqueline Bishop, Natural Order. 2003, mixed media. 31 x 27 inches.

Jacqueline Bishop’s exhibition “Trespass,” reflects a more autobiographical attitude than previously seen in her work. After years of crossing borders, culture, and unknown territories in the wild and also urban landscapes where she witnessed human encroachment, Jacqueline Bishop now explores the disconnection between humans and non-humans, the politicizing of nature, species extinction, and eco-political injustice through paintings and extraordinary installations.

“Trespass” consists of four components. “Losing Ground: Imaginary Landscapes” is Bishop’s hand-painted baby shoe series. For several years Ms. Bishop has collected discarded baby shoes found in the streets of her travels and more recently in second-hand stores. The artist uses the found baby shoes as tiny canvases, painting their surfaces with lost flora and fauna, or tropical birds and local insects. A book accompanying this installation is available.

In addition, Jacqueline Bishop has created a large assemblage titled “Trespass” and comprised of hundreds of artificial birds, discarded baby shoes, and children’s toys, all assembled into a dark landscape.

An installation of painted orchids is composed of delicate, intimate in-scale paintings installed in one long, narrative brown line representing the Rio Negro in the Amazon.

Finally, “Encroachments” is an installation made up of 16 paintings, assemblages and collages.

For 12 years Jacqueline Bishop has traveled alone and with scientists through the disappearing forests of North, Central and South America, particularly in Brazil and Asia as well as through the Louisiana swamps. Her interest in the Third World began in 1975 when she lived in the Dominican Republic across the road from a destroyed primary forest.Jacqueline Bishop studied art and philosophy at the University of Kansas and received her B.A. from the University of New Orleans and her M.F.A. from Tulane University. She teaches “Art and Environment” in the Philosophy Department at Loyola University.