Monday, March 31, 2008

Art in Action presents encore performance

ArtSpot Productions and Art in Action present Kathy Randels' encore performance of "Spaces in Between," April 1st, 2pm, at 6860 General Diaz in Lakeview.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Apostolic Project

click to enlarge for details and visit Art in Action for a map. The artists and owners are keeping it open for a while and people are welcome to go to the site and walk inside the property.
Watch video of the project here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Reviews elsewhere

In Artforum's online "critics' picks" section: a review of New Orleans digital artist David Sullivan's "You Win" show at Barrister's Gallery.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Louisiana Economic Opportunity Fund

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation has announced the launch of its Economic Opportunity Fund. These funds are to be used to support specific opportunities to earn income or generate revenue as defined in the guidelines.

Please go to and select the button that reads “2008 Grants” for the guidelines and applications. The application is relatively short – a one-page narrative and a one-page budget.

The deadline for these grants is April 16, 2008 by the close of business. Please e-mail culturaleconomy@gmail if you have questions.

Friday, March 21, 2008

UNO Art Gallery presents

MFA Thesis Exhibition

Jeffrey Rinehart, Wooly Mammoth
Natalie Sciortino, Postures

Reception Friday, March 28, 6-8pm
University of New Orleans,Lakefront Campus, Fine Arts Building-East Gallery
Show runs March24-April4, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Carroll Gallery presents

Tulane MFA Thesis Exhibitions:
"SKIN/show\SKIN," digital work by David E. Robinson (pictured on left) - large-scale digital prints on canvas
"Living in Shadow," installation and sculpture by Cynthia Scott (pictured on right) - site-specific sculptural installations utilizing found and natural materials
Exhibition runs March 25, 2008 - April 3, 2008
Reception: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
for more information and artists statements, click here.
Gallery hours 9 am - 4 pm, Mon - Fri. Saturday hours by the artists, 12-5pm, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

Call to Artists - BECA

A new 'Call to Artists' has been posted at the BECA site. One artist will receive an award of a solo show to take place in Oct. 2008.
Melissa Roberts, co-director
Kurt Schlough, co-director
BECA gallery - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art
527 St. Joseph Street (across from the Contemporary Arts Center)
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 566-8999

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ain't No Folk Art Here

John F. Simon, Jr., , 2006. Gouache, colored pencil, and graphite on paper. 22 x 29 inches

Is all work made in Louisiana subject to the "Folk Art" stereotype? The tired language of outsider artists and naive painters seems to linger simply due to apathy, if not laziness, surrounding regional art history. Dusty visual vocabularies usually leave out people like John F. Simon, Jr. who is from the Alexandria area. In addition to drawing, his work incorporates generative systems and artist-authored software. Internet art by Simon is among the first commissioned for the Guggenheim Museum's permanent collection.

Ultimate creativity is borderless. Of course Simon had already left the South, as do many talented people, before creating his best-known artworks, Every Icon (1997) and Unfolding Object (2001). Moving away from Louisiana does not discredit one's connection to its history. If anything, successes away from "home" further emphasize a cultural triumph that overcomes regional economic depression. The accomplishments of Keith Sonnier, Lynda Benglis, C.C. Lockwood, Chandra McCormick, Keith Calhoun, and Steven Soderbergh are part of a diverse contemporary dialogue. Their influence is felt in work by artists of the Gulf Coast and abroad.

by Laura Blereau

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Art in Action event

The Milne Boys Home is the site of the newest Art in Action installation, this Saturday, by NOCCA visual arts students, the result of Elizabeth Underwood's residency at NOCCA this past week. The installation will be on the grounds of this historic but structurally compromised school, which still has the original segregated facilities intact inside.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Whitney Biennial in NYC

Photo caption:
Cheyney Thompson, Sets of Color from Robho to Storage, 2006 (detail). Twenty-five offset lithographs, 58 x 42 in. (147.3 x 106.7 cm) each

The opening of each Whitney Biennial always marks a moment of high energy and dialogue about what is hot. Among those selected this go round is Cheyney Thompson, who is originally from Baton Rouge. Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke also made the cut.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Sally Ann Glassman in Donaldsonville

Art in Action at the Milne Boys Home

New Orleans Visual Artists (NOVA) registry

Check out NOVA Projects website for deadlines and
application procedure for upcoming Biannual Exhibition
and inclusion into the online artist database

Artspeak Tonight

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Prospect One Biennial in NOLA

Check out the recent announcement by Dan Cameron of artists participating in our first international biennial, Prospect One New Orleans.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Fundred Dollar Bill Project

Take a look at Mel Chin's New Orleans project. This from the website:
"The Fundred Dollar Bill project invites students of all ages to participate in a giant performance artwork and collective creative action to support the rebuilding of New Orleans...."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

"this is only temporary" at Loyola's Diboll Gallery

You are invited to attend the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery's opening reception for "this is only temporary" by Cody Vanderkaay and "Now Showing" by adjunct faculty members from the Visual Arts Department.

"this is only temporary"
CODY VANDERKAAY presents a post-studio investigation linking his ongoing 'Coverup' series to work done in the studio. While traveling by bicycle through various cities, Vanderkaay observed the mismatched relationships between surface and color. The shapes that he discovered depict a generic quality, and yet, to him, looked familiar.

His desire to map these shapes resulted in purposeful outlining of contours with string, thus capturing the precision of the grey painted shapes. As a result, VanderKaay has created large-scale objects that are built from painting, drawing, graphic image and billboard-like constructions.

"Now Showing"
Exciting artwork from Visual Art's adjunct and extraordinary faculty members Cody Vanderkaay, Nancy Sharon Collins, Christopher Derris, Angela Driscoll and Victoria Ryan.

Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery
Located on the 4th floor of Monroe Library
Free Admission

Marjetica PotrĨ, Water and New Orleans

The artwork of Marjetica Potrc, the Slovenian artist whose work with New Orleans architecture firm FutureProof is in the CAC "Something from Nothing" show (a rainwater filtering system is introduced by Dan Cameron in the video above), presents an alternative to convention wisdom in the rebuilding of New Orleans. An eco-friendly shotgun house prototype, with solar panels and cistern, was shown in a gallery in Chelsea recently, and Marjetica gave a talk at the New School called Future Talk Now: Learning from New Orleans, the Western Balkans, and Acre, Brazil. In an interview with, it's obvious that Marjetica understands New Orleans' fragile condition in relation to wetlands loss, but she is also concerned about something many New Orleanians take for granted - the availability of water. Yesterday, National Public Radio ran a piece about the leaching of 50-90 million gallons of water a day from our system of 100-year old pipes that are in desperate need of replacement; however, FEMA can only "restore to pre-storm conditions," and pre-storm, N.O. was probably leaching similar amounts of water. And, due to decreased population, the Sewerage and Water Board, millions of dollars in debt and going deeper, is not selling enough water. "Don't conserve" is their message, according to NPR, so the utility can sell enough to financially stay afloat. These conflicting approaches by city administrators, artists and actors are just a section of the confusion in our attempt to re-imagine a major city.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Emily Sartor: Gothic Tableaux

Walker Percy's 1971 novel "Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World" is one the many Southern literary influences absorbed by painter Emily Sartor. In a recent solo exhibition at Massimo Audiello gallery, overgrown landscapes invaded by human neglect, kudzu and water conjure the fictitious subdivision of Paradise Estates.

Depicting bricks spilling over into woody bayou, Sartor's energetic lines and vividly painted surfaces give form to human spirit. Surreal vessels of memory and place, these are dislocated leafy terrains. Reminders of the physical and political flux of any modern domestic territory, the automobiles and decorative wallpapers in these pictures are broken open into chaos.

Based in New York, Emily Sartor (b. 1975, Monroe LA) was educated at
Louisiana Tech and Pratt Institute.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Rachel Jones at University of New Orleans this Thursday

click for larger image and details

Monday, March 3, 2008

Something from Nothing: Bruna Esposito

Elizabeth Underwood of Art in Action interviews Bruna Esposito with New Orleans artist L'Oreal Evans about olfactory pleasures in Bruna's artwork.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Something from Nothing: Paula Hayes

Paula Hayes and local crochet-er Mary Summers are interviewed by Art in Action's Elizabeth Underwood about working together.

'08 Jazz Fest Poster based on Bourgeois painting

Douglas Bourgeois's 2006 painting of Irma Thomas after the storm is the 2008 official Jazz Fest poster - with some alterations. Read Doug MacCash's story and see the poster here.

The Carroll Gallery presents:

Newcomb Art Department/Tulane University
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

John Oles
Five + 1: New Work

Blake Sanders
Gone the Way of the Dinosaurs

exhibition dates: February 27 – March 7, 2008
reception: Thursday, March 6, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Gallery hours: M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
For more information, please contact:
Laura Richens, Curator, Carroll Gallery
Newcomb Art Department
Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University
phone: 504.314.2228