Rising Art: Lenten Visuals
I’m in post-Mardi Gras mode, processing and repurposing the visual inundation of the past week in my art ventures. For example, such a thing of beauty as a black-eyed-pea covered rifle at the Red Beans Parade through the Tremé on Lundi Gras presented itself to me as basically the perfect object – utilitarian and decorative, thoughtful, well crafted, a playful suggestion of peace.
As I head back to the studio and the visual community, I’m not sure anything can top the visual creations the city exuded during Carnival. As much as Mardi Gras gives us a break from life, in life, a vacation from home, at home, we find ourselves needing a break from probably all forms of visual experience this weekend.
I provide you, therefore, with some Lenten antidotes. Meditate on these.
Check out Paulina Sierra’s lace-encrusted ghost forms of household objects, Intimate Topographies, inside Ken Capone’s constantly promising art space. Sierra covered objects with lace and textile glue and then removed them. The result is sometimes a copy, as in hands and bust, and sometimes a new meandering shape with a life of its own, as in mattress and candlestick. (Interesting that the more body-centric objects stayed put while the objects for human use behaved more erratically.) Sharing the space with Sierra’s work are Emily Farranto’s paintings of nostalgic spaces, The Last Time I Saw Us It Was Looking At The Thames, and Stillness.
Trouser House Gallery and Urban Farm is hosting The Glass Menagerie, a coordinated effort to celebrate the Tennessee Williams play and glass artists in New Orleans, opening tonight. Glass techniques on display range from kiln casting to glass blowing, sure to capture your gaze in crystal-ball fashion. By the time we have recovered from Mardi Gras and are ready to sit still long enough to actually watch a play, Goat in the Road Productions will perform a ceremonial Williams’ Our Man at the TH Farm (back yard) in April. Trouser House's multi-disciplinary nature will shine in this exhibition. Click here for a full listing of events. Trouser House is located at 4105 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Exhibition Opens March 12, 2011, 6-10 PM, and runs through May 30, 2011.
The Glass Menagerie will prep us for the upcoming Tennessee Williams Festival March 23-27, 2011. The hilarious “Stella” shouting competition, a cathartic tradition that closes the festival each year, is perhaps more Carnivalesque than Lenten, but in two weeks we'll wish we were jobless and feathered and free all over again.
Georgia Kennedy, an artist and writer, is a member of T-LOT in the St. Claude Arts District and co-founder of The Houseguest Review, a New Orleans magazine of literature, art and design. For more information on NolaVie, visit NolaVie.com.