Sunday, March 27, 2016
Daphne Loney' sculpture exhibitions have long resembled trophy rooms filled with improbable beasts culled from the wayward realms of the imagination. Fairy tales featuring mythic creatures survived over the ages because their darker paradoxes often share parallels with the “real” world, and Loney underscores those parallels with works like a white unicorn trophy head that might be a Disney-esque picture of innocence if not for its lethal looking horn and a bleach-blond mane that somehow suggests Lady Gaga. Nearby, Siamese twin stag heads joined at the neck sport gilded copper eyes and horns like crowns of thorns in an allegory of conflicting impulses titled Hostile Dependence (pictured). These works collectively convey a weird mix of guilt and innocence typified in a sculpture of a young stag whose copper antlers sprout a geyser of gossamer metal tendrils. Titled Intrusive Thoughts, it seems oblivious to a nearby wolf stealthily stalking its preoccupied prey.
Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave, 710-4506.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Robert and Thomas Kelly are twins, and if their artistic vision seems poles apart at first glance--exemplifying, in fact, the differences between abstract art and interpretive documentary photography--a closer look reveals certain related traits including affinities for form, color and the cultural origins of the art impulse itself. As artists influenced by their seminal years in New Mexico this should come as no surprise, and as much as Robert Kelly's imagery may seem to allude to modernism, abstraction, and especially the geometricity of op and minimalism, it doesn't take much sleuthing to see the bold graphical acuity of the Plains Indians as a distinctive point of origin. If the baroque mystique of Thomas Kelly's photography initially seems at a far remove from his brother's in tone and scope, the Nepalese Hindu shamans and saddhus seen in his images ultimately derive their sense of design from a not unrelated metaphysical impulse. It has been said that "Both artists are able to suggest that which the eye cannot see and have a certain reflection and absorption in the act of creating an image. They prefer to live with questions rather than answers, pointing toward greater mysteries. Inspired by the notion that sacred symbols are concealed and then revealed, each artist uses their respective mediums to express their ultimate concerns. They use creativity to find sanctuary, beauty, humility, focus and a voice." Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia Street St., 309-4249.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
based painter and New Orleans native Wayne Gonzales is known for his lyrically gritty, pop media-inspired canvases, but his painting, Forest, 2014, above left, suggests a postmodern Thoreau via its dense, intricately baroque leaves and branches that seduce the eye while remaining opaquely and ironically impenetrable. A series of colorful canvases by Lisa Sanditz recalls pure abstraction at first, but look again—those colorful rectangular blobs are termite-tented houses! Amy Feldman also paints blobs but hers are buoyantly minimal and expansively mysterious, while Cheryl Donegan's otherworldly videos mostly defy description, although my mental shorthand for one, Head, below, was: “orgy at a Tupperware party.” Enough said. ~Bookhardt / New Work by Jim Richard with Cheryl Donegan, Amy Feldman, Wayne Gonzales and Lisa Sanditz, Through April 23, Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St. 522-1999.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
among others like gun toting cowgirls and a cat-puppeteer: Mayor Marshmellow and the Bywater Kitten Boys. No Barbie Doll updates will ever be diverse enough to encompass this bunch, but the folks seen in seaside group photos like Sometimes We Call It Goth Beach really do recall old photos of family outings, albeit with hints of John Waters. Turner's starkly empathic images telegraph that family is what you create with your nearest and dearest here and now, in your everyday life. ~Bookhardt / Spa Castle: Site-Specific Installation by Momma Tried, Through March 13, Gallery X, 1612 O.C. Haley Blvd., 252-0136; Tuff Enough: Mixed Media Photogravures by Meg Turner, Through June 12, Scott Edwards Gallery, 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581.