Peter Barnitz, originally from Metairie, LA, earned his BFA from Loyola University of New Orleans (2004) and MFA from the University of New Orleans (2011). Currently living in Kenner, LA, Barnitz is the founder of the Barnitz Academy of Fine Arts and art director and artist-in-residence at Kenner Discovery Health and Sciences Academy, as well as, the chairman of the Kenner Rivertown Arts Council. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 40 group and solo shows, including the USC Upstate Gallery on Main in Spartanburg, SC, the 2016/2017 Art Fields Exhibition in Lake City, SC, the 2015 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Finale at SCOPE Miami Beach, FL and the 2015 Exposure Nature Collection Exhibition at the Musee du Louvre, in Paris France.
Sarah is an architectural designer and painter who lives and works in New Orleans, LA. Raised in Baton Rouge, she received her Master’s in Architecture from the University of Virginia following undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at LSU. She has worked at architecture & fabrication firms in Charlottesville, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. Her architectural & fabrication experiences influence her painting practice through cross-disciplinary explorations of materiality and form.
Ida Floreak is a New Orleans-based artist who hails from Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied painting and scientific illustration. Ida’s work is influenced by her studies in Rome with RISD’s European Honors Program and her work as an archaeological illustrator on the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project in Vescovado di Murlo.
David Rex Joyner
Through my work, I explore the gulf between two experiences of the world; one presented daily to the senses, the other an unseen collection of belief, imagination, and memory. I position these experiences together not to resolve them, but to consider the relationship between them. I seek to make visible the invisible; the spaces between objects and events, and our awkwardness in describing them, are the subtext of my work. My prints and drawings reference the physical world through plant forms, animal forms, and the figure. Manipulated text, language, and translation, suggest the complexities of human thought and behavior. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes abrupt, the work ranges from diagrammatic line drawings to elaborate, decorative elements. I cut apart and recombine source images, abstracting them through simplification, repetition, and layering. Layers may contradict each other or work together, linking the internal and external worlds.
Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers
Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers, a Louisiana Créole with Acadian roots, is an artist influenced by the region’s languages and cultures, Surrealism, Pop-Surrealism + Lowbrow, and folk art. His vibrant paintings depict metaphorical beasts amid meticulously rendered Louisiana landscapes. The mysterious creatures – somewhat wicked, somewhat charming – were born of the artist’s familiarity with Louisiana folklore, and serve to illustrate his opinion pertaining to the reality we live in. The haunting, curious images also address the current fragility of our ecosystem, most specifically the southern region of Louisiana. Mayers’ work connects with experiences redolent of adventure through visual, textual, and sometimes tactile means. He collects material – such as Jean Lafitte sediment – from each physical place he visits and considers the thoughtful implementation of these materials into his work essential. This is most evident in his colorful, embellished frames, which work to both corral and embrace his visual narratives.
My work is a process of deconstructing both pictorial and physical space. It is about the way that formal aesthetics and technology constantly experience a state of invention only to find that just as quickly they return to previous modes to create something “new”. Instead of the classical notion of “capturing”, I deconstruct photography only to reassemble it again, while changing, questioning or even re-establishing its original contents and meaning. The photographs use constructed spatial environments that pair disparate elements that border on the absurd.
Kathy Rodriguez was born in Metairie, Louisiana, on July 16, 1980, during a heavy thunderstorm. She lived in Metairie and New Orleans before and after a brief 1998 stint in art school in Baltimore. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art at The University of New Orleans in 2004. In August 2005, she moved to Missoula to work towards both Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing and Master of Arts in art history degrees at The University of Montana. In Missoula, she taught, painted, interned, and struggled to keep deer out of the garden. In late June, 2008, after graduating and teaching a summer painting course, she returned to New Orleans.
I am interested in the juxtaposition of atmospheric space with modernistic architectural detail. Conceptually, the work investigates ideas centered around domesticity, the politics of architecture, and the persistence of loneliness in a socially connected age. Often within the compositions, outside and inside merge, creating an ambiguity of space where architectural forms reference both the stability and instability of identity. Forces of nature, like water, fire, and wind invade and sometimes destroy these structures. Destruction paired with the temporary (or resilient) nature of architecture serves as a metaphor for the evolving self.