Jacqueline Bishop: Against the Tide

Exhibition Dates: November 3–December 22, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999; www.arthurrogergallery.com

Treading Lightly, 2012. Oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches.

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present Against the Tide, an exhibition of paintings and mixed media by Jacqueline Bishop. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from November 3 through December 22, 2012. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance, Saturday, November 3 from 6–8 pm.

In this new body of work, Against the Tide, Jacqueline Bishop continues to convey the complexity and fragility of our ecosystem and the psychological connections between species. She describes the new paintings as, “a shift from being inside an unraveling ‘nest world’ to the outside – viewing the planet from a distance, literally presenting the earth as object.” She explores how our natural world is shaped and transformed by climate change, globalization and species extinction and invites us to reflect on the impact to our collective future.

This exhibition is comprised of oil paintings on panel and linen, as well as works on paper. The central themes in Against the Tide are influenced by the artist’s affinity for the bond between human beings and other living systems and by her travel of developing countries, Latin American forests and Louisiana swamps. The artist’s work seeks to create new forms that “emphasize our essential interconnectedness,” as described in the recent essay by Dr. Laura M. Amrhein of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jacqueline Bishop received her B.A. from the University of New Orleans and an M.F.A. from Tulane University. She has been Adjunct Professor for Art and the Environment at Tulane and Loyola Universities. She is author of Chico Mendes: Em Memoria: A Tribute on the 10–Year Anniversary of His Death; a collection of 10 years of paintings and testimonials about the Brazilian rubber tapper slain by wealthy cattle ranchers. She has exhibited or lectured in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2007 she received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and in 2006 both a Joan Mitchell and a Warhol Foundation Grant. Jacqueline Bishop is included in the recently published A Unique Slant of Light: the Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana (University Press of Mississippi, 2012).

A catalog will accompany the exhibition.