Saturday, May 31, 2008
Email submissions will be accepted according the guidelines listed through June 10, 2008. Physical submission receive deadline is June 12, 2008.
Friday, May 30, 2008
NOLA.com is chiming in on the Fred Radtke debate. If you don't know by now, Fred Radkte - aka the Grey Ghost - is New Orlean's self-appointed superhero painter-outer of that urban plague, graffiti. The writer of the nola.com article takes a stance that likens Radtke's work to the Ab Ex movement in visual art, therefore positioning Radtke right along side the grafitti artists whose work he seeks to grey out. Is he just another visual blight on the urban landscape, or an artist working within a "validated" artistic tradition? I am compelled to point out that this ironic approach to repositioning acts of graffiti removal has its precedent in a short film made in 2001 by Matt McCormick titled "The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal." Narrated by Miranda July, this beautifully- shot 16 mm film takes the same ironic, academic stance - graffiti removal as an artistic movement of its own merit within an accepted tradition - but in this case, the location is the urban wilds of Portland OR. How effective is this approach on the powers that be? Will Radtke start to think of his strokes as aesthetic gestures? Will he hold the paint roller slightly different now, contemplating the next move? Will Freeport MacMoran or the City start calling the money they donate to his project a "public art grant"? NOLAFugees has also chimed in with a slightly different approach in their "Fred Radtke is King" article. Whatever the result of this, the fact is that Radtke will take even non-graffit artists to court, if their work is nailed to light poles - see this NOLA Rising account of the trial ( the judge sounds surprisingly reasonable!) Beware, all you future public sphere artists of the subversive variety!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
This event is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00 p.m., at Lakeview Baptist Church located at 6100 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124.
For more information, contact Jan Gilbert
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Especially in the year of a presidential election, Louisiana is unfortunately entertaining in its struggle, making it a prime emotional manipulator used in ads and spectacular news-gathering models. Mediated graphic reference of the Katrina disaster is frequent, and it is carefully crafted- often reflecting agendas that have little to do with people living in the Gulf Coast. Is whose favor is this regional history being co-opted?
Omer Fast's work asks many questions about authorship and the isolation of content. The subject matter in this artwork originates with an interview dialogue that is digested and recapitulated. Creating a meta-story of sorts, Fast develops this material to reveal how the story was constructed.
Physically, the space created by this installation separates origin and artifice. "The Casting" is a four-channel video displayed on two double-sided panels floating side-by-side inside the center of a darkened room. One pair of video panels portrays original interview footage with a US Army sergeant who recounts his experiences abroad at war in Iraq. The other side of these video panels shows a dramatized reenactment of these same events by actors and a camera crew. The audience surrounds the video projections as if they are on two opposing teams, and the installation is united by a singular sound track.
Audio in this piece carries the oral conversation between the army sergeant and the artist, but the mouths of actors don't move in Fast's dramatization. A rush of dislocation permeates the narrative's climax, as events on-screen hold visual logic, but are void of any causal sensibility. The audience's moments of suspended disbelief are exploited at the horrific points in each tale- as the artist subtly jump cuts, weaving together overlapping story arcs. The dialogue cycle of raw interview footage eventually breaks down and becomes a search for ultimate truths. Verbally negotiating this territory, Fast intentionally jumbles the delivery of information.
Modern media positioning similarly has the power to misguide its audience. Last month’s grandstand by John McCain in the Lower Ninth and the Ford Lincoln's commercial with Harry Connick Jr. are examples of maneuvering our aggravated sensations. Cues and segueways affect our understanding of content. Authorless stories and those serving as PR engines are truly frightening, especially with regard to Louisiana's future.
If you've never taken a close look at the amazing facade of Charity Hospital, now is the time. Enrique Alvarez's relief is an ode to the Louisiana worker of the 1930's. (I hear that Huey Long's infamous lost "deduct box," the box that contained an untold fortune in 10% deductions from all state employees' paychecks, is referenced in the relief with images of ducks - beware - I haven't confirmed this!) Since 2005 the state of LA has seemed happy to let workers in New Orleans fend for themselves, and they continue insisting that Charity should be torn down and a new multi-billion dollar complex built, taking over the whole neighborhood. Now Charity and the adjoining neighborhood has made it onto the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places." BTW the history of a charity hospital in New Orleans dates back to 1735.
See Katy Reckdahl's article at nola.com.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Applications for the second 2008 round of the National Geographic All Roads Seed Grant program are being accepted. This program provides funding for film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe. Priority is given to those filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person narratives. Up to sixteen awards ranging between $1,000 and $10,000 will be presented for use toward the development and production of a feature film, long or short documentary, short, animation, or music video. The next deadline is June 13, 2008. Remaining 2008 deadlines: September 15 and December 15
-- from the Arts Council of New Orleans "Artist Opportunities" mailing list.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Between June '08 - Jan. '09 we will be making an exhibit space available to artists who do not currently have a public space or gallery in New Orleans in which to exhibit their work. Since BECA gallery will be creating several group exhibition opptys. for artists through Feb. 09 this is an alternative that will allow artists a small dedicated space in the gallery in which to exhibit their own work exclusively. This wouldn't be a good fit for an artist who already has exhibit opptys. here in New Orleans.
The dedicated space measures a total of approx. 30 linear feet of wall space and 72 square feet of space. For those of you who have not see our gallery space, there are high ceilings and multiple exposed metal rafters from which to install suspended work as well. If your work is video, film, performance please know that we do not have equipment on site but there is one electrical outlet dedicated to this space for your use. Please note that all work must be contained within this dedicated space so it may or may not work well for film or performance.
In lieu of our gallery's customary 50/50 split between artist/gallery, artists will retain 100% of their sales in exchange for a space rental fee of $400/mo. plus $30-$50 for one display of exhibit lettering. This fee covers your location across the street from the Contemporary Arts Center, climate controlled exhibit space, utilities, security, fine art insurance, public accessibility and gallery staffing Wed - Sun (11am - 4pm) and 6pm-9pm on first Sat's Art Walk night with reception including food and beverage, inclusion in gallery's print, web and email promotion. Only one artist may rent and exhibit at a time. If you wish to share the space for the month with another artist, you may do so with each of you exhibiting for 1/2 month each. There will be a $200 deposit due upon your space reservation. This is refundable once you leave the space in the condition in which you found it for the next artist.
New Orleans artists will be given first priority through May 15th for an appt. to review their work for this dedicated space. We will schedule appts. in the order in which we receive your email. We will let you know during that appt. whether or not we can allocate this space for your work and what months remain available. Beginning May 16th we will begin holding appts. with artists residing outside of New Orleans for whatever time slots remain available. The following months are currently available:
If you're are interested, please send us an email requesting an appt. time to review your work.
~ Melissa + Kurt
Friday, May 9, 2008
-ds, lazy writer of late reviews. i'm sure you could do much better than this.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
The program supports work existing at the intersection of art, social justice and recovery in
Please review the mini-grant guidelines and application for eligibility requirements and further information. The files are attached within the email and available for download at www.transformaprojects.org. In addition paper copies will be available. If you have any further questions, please contact Jess Garz, Transforma Project Manager at email@example.com
Round 1 Application due: June 2, 2008
If you are unable to apply at this time, there will be additional rounds in coming months.
About Transforma Projects:
Transforma Projects is a collective of artists and creative professionals formed after Hurricane Katrina as a means of supporting, nurturing and celebrating creative practices that impact the social and physical environment. The initiative explores how art-making can intersect with other sectors such as education, health, environment and community development. Transforma Projects works in partnership with the National Performance Network, an organization based in
(215) 350 2700
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
New Orleans, LA-
The Arts Council of New Orleans and the Joan Mitchell Foundation are
pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 New Orleans Art in Public
Christopher Scott Brumfield
"Generic Art Solutions": Tony Campbell and Matt Vis
Mitchell Gaudet and Erika Larken
Shannon Landis Hansen
Cynthia Scott and Damon Rosenzweig
In collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and an independent
jury, the Arts Council selected twenty-one public art projects designed
specifically by local artists for the city of New Orleans. Artists will
receive $25,000 to create artwork to be placed in the public venue and
help with rebuilding their artistic careers.
Friday, May 2, 2008
the writing is on the wall, and it doesn't take a prophet to see it. The freshly painted room at Antenna, a new gallery in the ninth ward, has already been tagged. The inaugural show at the non-profit space pairs visual artists with word artists - painter Brad Benischek with writer Berman Black, and painter Shawn Hall with poet Brad Elliot- to interesting effect. Brad B and Mr. Black have constructed a subdued but stunning mural that withstands prolonged viewing at different distances. Race cars and building materials overlay large and small text that relate what seem to be personal stories of the rebuilding. It all comes together with conviction and necessity, remarkable esp considering the organic, improvisational process with no white-out to be seen.
Shawn and Brad E's wall is equally beautiful but with a different feel altogether. Though the words and images appear to have been created separately, their installation brings it together. The text is seductively rendered, belying the intent of the words. Shawn's small paintings of alchemically inspired imagery elude to possible connections rather than illuminating the text.
Antenna is a welcome addition to the burgeoning art activities in the ninth ward, and this show bodes well for future offerings. The show is up sat & sun, noon -5pm, until May 17th, and Brad Benischek and Shawn Hall will both be doing talks about the work at some point soon.
Antenna, 3161 Burgundy St.