Event Highlight: OBJECT PLAY at Antenna Gallery and literary reading
Another clever, colorful experience awaits art fans at Press Street's Antenna Gallery, a cooperative gallery on Burgundy Street in the Bywater. OBJECT PLAY was curated by Angela Driscoll and Yuka Petz, co-founders of SIFT, a collaboration to facilitate exploration and dialogue of interdisciplinary arts. OBJECT PLAY opened last Saturday, March 10, and features the work of Katie Murken, Christopher Michlig, and team Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford.
Katie Murken's "Continua" comprises columnar, totem-like, pigment-dyed stacks. Murken uses probability and chance to dye the stacks, recalling the I Ching, dada collage, the chance operation of John Cage during the 1960s, among other art world predecessors. The result is groupings of colors as stimulating and varied as life itself.
Christopher Michlig's The Long Range is a series of sculptures that plays with text as positive and negative space. "Objects on the Horizon," pictured right, recalls sundials and a long lineage of text-as-image, including "shape poems."
Vista Sans Wood Type Project is a collaboration between Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford. Vista Sans coordinates a print exchange. They created wood type for letterpress printing using a CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) router. As the project's designers use software to tell the CNC router how to control its precision font face cuts -- talk about collaboration-- Vista Sans is the ultimate meeting of twenty-first century technology and Johannes Gutenberg's sixteenth century invention.
OBJECT PLAY is on view at Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy St., through April 8, 2012. Visiting hours at Antenna are Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.
While you're planning your visit, why not combine your viewing of OBJECT PLAY with an earnest ear to New Orleans writer Michael J. Lee, who is launching his book Something in My Eye, as part of Press Street's Room 220 Live Prose reading series at Antenna on Thursday. Amidst the aforementioned exhibition exploring image and text, Lee will read from his "collection of exquisitely crafted short stories that press into the hinterlands of isolated human experience" (Room 220's Nathan C. Martin). Dean Paschal, emergency room physician and author of the celebrated local cult classic By the Light of the Jukebox, will also read selections of his work. Room 220 presents Michael J. Lee and Dean Paschal at Antenna Gallery, Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public with refreshments provided.
Georgia Kennedy writes about New Orleans people and events for NolaVie.