Friday, February 8, 2008

Changing URL!!! to ARTSWAMP

Alt Arts New Orleans is changing it's URL

please visit ART SWAMP starting 2-10-08

and we are welcoming a new weekly-ish contributor, Laura Blereau

Please check in to ART SWAMP frequently and don't forget to bookmark!!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Brooks Frederick

January 17 – February 14, 2008
Abercrombie Gallery - McNeese State University
Closing Reception & Artist's Talk: 6-8 PM, Feb 14

Is it conservative or edgy to paint the bayou today? Might environmental activism be approached by simply putting the brush to canvas, depicting locations such as Cocodrie? Majestic waters fill the picture plane in Brooks Frederick's plein air panoramas, illuminating estuaries lying between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers- about 85 miles south of New Orleans and home to the LUMCON laboratory.

Featuring more than fifty paintings and drawings, Frederick's recent landscapes depicting the Louisiana coastal wetlands are among the highlights offered by a new solo exhibition in Lake Charles. Based in Brooklyn for the last eight years, Frederick is a native of Houma who trained at an early age in color visualist technique with Henry Hensche . After attending LSU-BR and McNeese, he received a Masters from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. These days Frederick is influenced by Lennart Anderson, and seeks painted representation that offers us new possibilities for classic forms.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Thursday, January 31, 2008

BECA opening Feb 9

Here's a little post-Mardi Gras event for you... If you're in New Orleans please join us for Connection, BECA gallery's first international exhibition, opening February 9, 2008. This juried group exhibition was curated by Caroline Worthington, Curator of Art, York Museums Trust, York Art Gallery, England.

The exhibition features the following selected 16 artists from 9 countries:
Richard Bennett (Alabama, USA), Matthew Derezinski (Missouri, USA), Naomee Guest (Florida, USA), Pat Jolly (Louisiana, USA), Master Sun-Don Lee (Taiwan), Alberto Accettura + Florian Lüdde (Milan, Italy + Berlin, Germany), Margaret McLeish (Scotland, UK), Mary Anne Morrison (England, UK), Robert Peters ( Northern Ireland, UK), Jane Ponsford (England, UK), Zack Smith (Louisiana, USA), STASS+VOTSIS (Cyprus), Francine Stock (Louisiana, USA) and Hansen Thiam Sun (Bali, Indonesia)

Connection will run from February 9 – March 1, 2008 with an opening reception on Feb. 9th from 6-9pm.

address: BECA gallery
527 St. Joseph Street (directly across the street from the CAC)
New Orleans, LA 70130
HOURS: Wed-Sun (11am - 4pm and by appointment)
(504) 566-8999

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Education Coordinator position

for U. S. Biennial, see Craigslist link

The House that Herman Built

The House that Herman Built is a project by New York artist / activist Jackie Sumell. She began writing Angola prisoner Herman Wallace, a member of the Black Panther Party who has been in solitary confinement at Angola for 35 years. She asked him the question: What kind of house does a man who has lived in a 6 foot x 9 foot cell for over 30 years dream of? Check out this project about the strength and freedom found in the imagination.

Friday, January 25, 2008

LA Artworks Art Session Jan 29th

The Role of the Artist, the Role of the Architect, in "Percent for Art"
Tues, Jan 29th 7-9pm Union Passenger Terminal, 1001 Loyola Ave at Howard Ave, 2nd floor

Moderator: Robert Tannen

Mary Len Costa, Arts Council of New Orleans
Arthur Q. Davis, FAIA
Allen Eskew, FAIA Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Kendal Henry, formerly of Arts for Transit MTA NY

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

‘Gray Ghost’ feuds with Nola Rising creator

Reblogged from City Business online magazine:

Michael Dingler of Nola Rising has a court date on March 18th, in Orleans Parish Civil Court, for more than 1,100 counts of unlawfully posting signs on telephone poles, an act that he and many who view his signs consider an artistic and positive one. What a blow for artists in this city if Fred Radtke, aka The Grey Ghost, wins this one. Read the City Business article linked above, which brings up the question "Why isn't Fred Radtke's grey paint considered graffiti and an illegal act?"
See Michael's blog here, this affects all of us who wish to work in the public sphere.

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Carroll Gallery presents

Marc-Anthony Polizzi: Thank you . . . Can I go home now?

A Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition of
site-specific installations and sculptures of glass and steel

Exhibition dates: January 23 – February 1, 2008
Reception: Thursday, January 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

more images of artwork by Marc-Anthony Polizzi

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

Sunday, January 20, 2008

interview with Willie Birch

by Billy Sothern
orignially posted in the blog The Brooklyn Rail

Friday, January 18, 2008

BECA Call to Artists - due Feb 21

A call for 2D and 3D submissions for the second international emerging contemporary art group exhibition at BECA gallery, New Orleans

‘Mirror for the 21st Century’

Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive.

- Antony Gormley

THEME: “Art is often described as reflecting the spirit of an age, providing an insight into the complexities of living in a particular time, place or society.

How will the early years of the third millennium be characterized? The theme for this exhibition focuses on works that reflect a personal or collective experience of what it means to be alive now and is open to artists globally. It can document a brief, individual moment, explore wider issues that relate to contemporary life or suggest cultural strategies for improving lives locally, nationally and internationally.” – Helen Pheby, PhD.

CURATOR and JUROR – Helen Pheby, PhD, Deputy Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England.

For more details, see link.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Katrina: An Unnatural Disaster

See the work of the 31 Katrina Media Fellows, including the work of the Lower 9th's Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, at the Open Society Institute's website. Lots of film, writing, photography and radio work all online, thanks to the Soros Foundation.

The New Orleans Artists Guild

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure & anticipation that I write to you today, formally inviting you to a gathering this SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 at 2:00PM, 828 LESSEPS in the BYWATER (many thanks to poet Lee Grue for opening her home to this event), for a "founders" meeting of THE NEW ORLEANS ARTISTS GUILD.
This will be an all-inclusive, community-wide organization whose singular mission is to manifest the prospective goals & visions of all its members/participants for the purpose of underscoring the vital role and contributions of ARTS & ARTISTS in our dear community.
I can not overstate the importance of YOUR presence at this gathering of New Orleans artists.

The fundamental initiatives set forth for this gathering are:

1. To present clear-sighted objectives & resouces to individuals who wish to establish their own press for the purpose of publishing books, broadsides, journals, magazines & anthologies with the aid The New Orleans Artists Guild.

2. To initiate "outreach programs" for the New Orleans community via the Arts, comprised of members of the New Orleans Artists Guild, to present programs, presentations & workshops specifically designed to engage individiuals in hospices, disabilities homes, elderly homes, juevenile deliquents, etc.

3. To design an on-going curriculum of affordable workshops through the resources of The New Orleans Artists Guild in all the ARTS to be available for all ages city-wide who wish to enroll.

4. To help promote, support & inspire "neighborhood" interest in all currently established & new programs, poetry readings, art openings, etc. through the network of The New Orleans Artists Guild.

As a community, I have every reason to believe that, together, each of our own personal goals can be achieved with a great sense of purpose.

As a catalyst for these endeavors, I will strive for personal encouragement, new-found wisdoms (and old), collaborative ideas, consummate professionalism; and above all else, a thoughtful environment which can provide each individual with the best opportunity to transform their vision into a reality.

With our unwavering strengths & abiding focus as artists helping one another toward our personal objectives, and whose whose mission, and constitution, will provide guidance, inspiration and resources, for projects which otherwise might not have the opportunity to be fully realized, I know 2008 will be an extraordinary year for each of us in this great community.

Please make plans to attend this very special occasion!

Sincerest Regards,
Dave Brinks


2008 In Memorium


Note: 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series will resume its weekly presentations on Thursday, February 7 @ 8:00pm -- featuring poets JOHN SINCLAIR and LEE GRUE, followed by OPEN MIC

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008