Thoreau famously proclaimed that, “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” And, as Gary Snyder explains, the poetic mind, the mind of the creative artist, is a realm of wildness. Thus, the eco-syllogism: preservation of the world depends on the wild. The poetic mind is wild. Therefore, the preservation of the world depends on the poetic mind.
Artist Dawn DeDeaux will give a talk prior to the opening of “Katrina Then & Now: Artists as Witness, Part II: The Rebirth of Art” at College of the Holy Cross.
Space Machines Corporation, a small New Orleans consultancy in the field of kinetic sculpture and motion display system design, has today announced the publication of a scholarly essay which brings to an international audience a revolutionary approach to modern art history inspired in great part by the work of our own Lin Emery.
Mr. Leventi, who was the former assistant of Robert Polidori, creates photographs of the opulent splendor of opera houses all over the world. His work is going to be the subject of a forthcoming book published by Damiani.
The Department of Art at Lamar University will honor internationally celebrated artist and LU alum John Alexander (’68) with a naming and dedication of the John Alexander Painting Studio on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Building. The event is free and open to the public.
Both the light and the proportions of the new studio left a mark on Gunning’s work. About half of his forthcoming exhibit, which opens Oct. 3 at Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St., was painted in the restored shotgun. (Art critic Doug MacCash included Gunning’s exhibit among the “5 Best Bets” of the annual Art for Art’s Sake openings on Saturday).
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.
IT’S DIFFICULT TO place exhibits in New Orleans at this time of this year outside of the context of The Storm. The subject looms like heavy billowing clouds, densely gray and thickly churning, an extended horizontal weight floating and staying just above our heads. Many of us are walking with eyes cast down, or otherwise away from the reminders of ten years gone. At New Orleans Museum of Art, it is an apt title for an exhibit comprised of work not necessarily about Katrina. At Arthur Roger Gallery, the concept also appears to be at the heart of three exhibitions.
Deborah Luster, a photographer from Louisiana, was named the 2015 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, an award bestowed by the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Black lives matter. All lives matter. Both statements are true, but it is astounding that we are still debating the meaning of those words. We accept equal rights in theory, but things don’t always play out that way on the streets.