With this body of photographs, and the subsequent book, Tina Freeman documents the working spaces of twenty-one New Orleans artists. With text provided by Morgan Molthrop, this series sheds new light on the artists' work and process. From George Dureau to Willie Birch, each of the artists included invested their aesthetic into the spaces where they work. Ranging from established masters to a young graffiti artist, these images give insight into process and personality, providing the viewer glimpses into the creative process.
An exhibition planned at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will contextualize these images with masterful examples of each artist's work. Beautiful objects in their own right, Tina Freeman's photographs will become windows into the history of the objects, and into the creative soul of their makers.
Featured artists include Willie Birch, David Halliday, Fat Kids From Outer Space, Robert Tannen, Jeanne Nathan, Elenora Rukiya Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Ron J. Bechet, Elizabeth Shannon, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick, Ma-Po Kinnord-Payton, George Dunbar, Stephen Coenan, Keith Duncan, Dawn Dedeaux, Ersy, Amy Weiskopf and George Dureau.
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden Museum’s growing collection in this genre. From the naïve abstracted landscapes of Civil War veteran Charles Hutson (1840-1936) to Elayne Goodman’s Altar to Elvis, which borrows liturgical forms to represent a secular icon - this exhibition will showcase the depth and breadth of the Ogden Museum’s collection of Self-Taught art from the American South. Also included will be work by Thornton Dial, Reverend Howard Finster, Clementine Hunter, Nellie Mae Rowe, Wellmon Sharlhorne, George Andrews, and others.
This exhibition is one of a continuing series, which examines the correlation of southern self-taught art with other forms of artistic expression such as music, literature and culinary heritage.
The Rising celebrates the renewal and re-birth of the City of New Orleans ten years after one of the worst disasters in American history, and examines how art and photography was central to the revitalization of New Orleans. Spearheaded by the Ogden Museum (the first arts institution in New Orleans to open after the storm), the New Orleans Photo Alliance (formed in 2006), and Prospect.1 (organized in 2008), a collective arts exhibition throughout the city which fostered a creative outlet that helped enable a community to recover and begin the process of healing, and attracted by the lure of what is frequently called the most unique city in America, young photographers flocked to New Orleans and infused their creativity and vision into a city already known for its incomparable culture. The Rising will highlight the photographic work of Sophie Lvoff, Jonathan Traviesa, and more.
In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as “the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby's sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image.
Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire features the artist's recent paintings that utilize the technique of encaustic, which means ”to burn.” The process is an ancient one by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has slowly refined the technique to her own language, composing dynamic surfaces and deep, luminous spaces. Her paintings are visceral, yet for Eby they shimmer with something more of the mystical, hovering between material and immaterial worlds as do the worlds of sight and sound.
Betsy Eby received her BA from the University of Oregon. She and her husband, painter Bo Bartlett, split their time between studios in Columbus, Georgia, and Wheaton Island, Maine. She savors the spaciousness and light of both of these studios, and her paintings evoke the atmosphere of the vast ocean that surrounds her small island residence in Maine. Her work has been shown and collected by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum, and she has shown frequently with Winston Wachter Fine Art in their Seattle and New York galleries.
Louisiana Contemporary Presented by Regions Bank
Aug 1 - Sep 20, 2015
Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank is a statewide, juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank is a statewide, juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.
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