Arthur Roger will be presenting a show of shimmering, natural form-based kinetic sculptures by veteran New Orleans-based artist Lin Emery, along with David Leventi’s grand photos of opera houses and prisons and river- and cityscapes by Simon Gunning. And one of the newest additions to the Julia Street scene, Julie Silvers Art, will be celebrating its grand opening Saturday with a DJ, door prizes, and other “surprises” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Simon Gunning, and his new studio on Port Street in New Orleans, photographed on Thursday August 20, 2015.
Simon Gunning and Mitchell Gaudet by D. Eric Bookhardt, GAMBIT WEEKLY “I paint and draw light,” says Simon Gunning, and if that sounds almost biblical, his new Avery Island landscapes conjure a place so primeval as to evoke the birth of the world. There Gunning became fascinated by the saline swamp, a place he calls…
In a manner of speaking, Simon Gunning has become our John Constable — two hundred years later, celebrating the singularity of the place where he chooses to live. Of course, in lieu of the Englishman’s idyllic sparkling fields and famously studied skies, Gunning, an Australian transplant, focuses on our local waterways.
Simon Gunning’s oil paintings at Arthur Roger Gallery are the best depictions of Louisiana’s watery coastal landscape ever made — ever. Better than Meeker, Clague, Buck, Heldner, Coulon, Millet or anyone else who ever tried to capture that impenetrable muddy water and endless vista on canvas.
As a primary and collective ethos, postmodernism probably no longer exists. Too many years have passed. And yet, as sheer effect, it seems absolutely pervasive —and interminable.
Simon Gunning has painted natural landscapes and he has painted urban landscapes. In his “River Series” he does both, simultaneously. The images…are each a study in startling, if at times eerie, incongruity.