(New Orleans, LA): TEN GALLERY is pleased to present NEUTRAL GROUND, an exhibition by New Orleans based artist Peter Barnitz. For his fifth solo exhibition at the gallery, Barnitz reveals his latest medley of contemplative mixed media works that encourage a dialogue between organic form, geometric structure and abstract landscape. Inspired by nature, light and life, Barnitz creates visually complex, deeply meditative abstractions that combine the notion of movement with an appreciation of the schematic.
Delicately rendered, merging the familiar with his personal dialect of abstraction, Barnitz finds inspiration in the work of numerous canonic artists, such as Agnes Martin, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Marcel Duchamp, Antony Gormley, Brice Marden and Pablo Picasso. Through a blueprint of interwoven and playful geometric clusters, Barnitz highlights the passage of time, the mesh of nature and the poise of the human spirit. Neutral Ground provides a meeting ground for dialogue, compromise, contemplation and dreams.
The exhibition opens May 4 and runs through May 30. An artist reception will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on FRIDAY, May 4, 2018.
Peter Barnitz on Neutral Ground –
“Neutral Ground refers to the space between or middle ground, where communication and understanding transpire. Neutral Ground can be defined as an area of compromise or possible agreement between two extreme positions. In a world filled with the constant bombardment of distraction and confrontation, we must all find a venue for acceptance, connection and peace. By merging the familiar with a personal vocabulary of abstraction, my work focuses on bringing people together through dialogue, contemplation, compromise and dreams.
As we celebrate the tricentennial of New Orleans, there are many things which make our city special. “Neutral Ground” is a unique term to our area that can be defined as something more than just a grassy median between two streets. It represents a place where strangers ascend to stake claim to a prime space for Mardi Gras, then leave as friends and family. Neighbors look out for each other, sharing friendly conversation, food, drink, ladders and chairs. It is a place that truly brings people together.
In her recent series of paintings, Floreak continues to mine the topics of science and the natural world to answer questions about our origins and purpose. The paintings rigorously investigate the beauty and mathematical structure of natural objects including animal bones, gems, leaves and insects, and feathers. The formal references to Italian grotteschi and devotional art, painting in an over-large scale gives these objects a treatment otherwise reserved for saints or deities.
The works offer a vital respite and stillness and they call the viewer to introspection, reflection, and a shift in perspective.
The works will remain on view at TEN Gallery through April.
March 2018. New Works on Fabric and Paper, using Indigo and Cyanotype.
In her March show at TEN Gallery, Sarah Marshall exhibits a series of dyed fabrics and paper works that have been variously printed, deconstructed, assemblaged, and stitched together. The effect of dyeing with both Indigo and Cyanotype produces an almost digital luminosity. This visual affect, combined with the physical tactility and disciplined craft of the work itself, results in a collection of vital and refined objects. The work ranges from abstract to iconographic, and evokes traditional crafts of quilting, tapestry, and even tie-dye, all united under Marshall’s encompassing sensitive and thoughtful aesthetic.
February 2018. Artists Dawn Black, Sarah Cancienne, Ida Floreak, Jonathan Mayers, Kathy Rodriquez, and Heather Weathers have produced the group show Humid, a satellite production of P.4. The show investigates contemporary issues that seem to constantly be heating up, including the environment, feminism, socio-economics, and constitutional rights. The work includes collage, drawing, watercolor, performance-photography, oil painting, illustration, and hyper-realism, united by a sense of figurative subject matter and an atmospheric materiality.
In response to the Prospect 4 theme, “The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp”, FERTILE, refers to the capability of producing and the opportunity to develop. Despite extreme adversity, life finds a way….extreme events like fire and flood are often followed by renewal and rebirth. Humans harness the power of nature with control burning and irrigation to redirect resources. In a similar way, artists respond to the stimuli of their surroundings, drawing on the events and phenomenon to create.
Cheryl Hayes, David Rex Joyner, Bryce Speed, Jeff Rinehart, Sarah Marshall, Peter Barnitz
Exhibitions Dates: November 8 – 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 8th (6 – 9 PM)
Prospect 4 Satellite Reception: November 18th (6 – 9 PM)
TEN Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Collective member Kathy Rodriguez. Titled “Eat Me,” the show is comprised of new paintings from an ongoing series taking from the historical context of still life and food. Departing from the tradition of depicting expensive objects of desire, Rodriguez’s work depicts food in various states of decomposition in variations on still life, or as straightforward depictions of preservative-rich, non-nutritive, yet oddly desirable and accessible food products. In small studies and larger compositions, the content of the work points to relationships with self and body, and with others. But, the paint itself attempts to communicate content about the delectable contrasted with discontent, always tempered with humor.
The exhibition dates are August 5 – 26, 2017. The artist will host a soft opening on Saturday, August 5, from 6-9 p.m., and a closing reception on Friday, August 25, from 6-9 p.m., with an installation viewable for only that evening. The gallery is open by appointment, and from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the artist at Kathy@kathyrodriguez.net with inquiries.
Relieved of a petty football rivalry between two historic universities of Louisiana, Rassemblés brings together a body of work comprised of a diverse group of current and recent MFA students from the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University and the School of Art in the LSU College of Art + Design. Rich and thoughtful paintings, multifarious prints, and fastidious sculptures provoke a conversation about what is far away, but not far from present – not far from here.
Exhibition Dates: June 3rd – 25th, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3rd, 2017, 6-9PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday NOON-5PM and by appointment
Politicoastal: A Political Pop-up Party
Curated by J2
A one-night, one-day, political pop-up show featuring small- to medium-sized works by artists whose work addresses local and national contemporary political, social, economic, and environmental issues. Contribute art, food, or refreshments to a communal potluck on Friday May 26th in an ideal space and time to meet and mingle with fellow like-minded artists and patrons. Featuring work by Peter Barnitz, Eli Casiano, J Chaffin, Evan Gomez, Shoshana Gordon, Finn Kelley, Kelli Scott Kelley, Andy Kowalczyk, Kevin Lajoie, Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers, Nicole McCaffery, Jane Tardo, and Heather Weathers.
Pop-up show dates: Friday Evening May 26th and Saturday May 27th
Reception Party: Friday May 26th from 6-9PM
Gallery hours: Saturday May 27th from 12-5PM
Members of TEN Gallery and Collective are pleased to present Praying to the Giant Orange Head, at BOX 13 ArtSpace in Houston. Photographs, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media artworks in this group exhibition address issues related to the current cultural and political climate. Absurdity and humor match grievous consideration of a variety of concerns including governmental policy, racism, women’s rights, and attempts at serenity in an overwhelming world of words. The visual language is culled from artists as far ranging as Goya, Philip Guston, Jasper Johns, and others, who are at least in part known for making political and personal commentary through their artwork. Artists include Peter Barnitz, Dawn Black, Ida Floreak, Cheryl Hayes, David Rex Joyner, Sarah Marshall, Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers, Jeffrey Rinehart, Kathy Rodriguez, Bryce Speed, and Heather Weathers.
L’Éparpillage is Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers’ first exhibition with the gallery. Recent, small- to medium-scale, 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. One can imagine that these hulking, cartoonesque monsters roam about protecting the environment by destroying bridges, invasive species, or even by haunting the people who try to smother “la dame Nature.”
Mayers, whose artistic influences include Robert Williams, Max Ernst and Caravaggio, is inspired by being outside “with everything that has come, everything that has been, with everything that still exists.” His 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.
Jonathan Mayers was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with a concentration in painting and drawing from Louisiana State University in 2007 and then his Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of New Orleans in 2011. He has shown extensively throughout Louisiana, as well as had a number of exhibitions throughout North America. He has exhibited works in Prospect.3+, multiple Surreal Salons, Notes from the Artistic Underground, and Tiercé. His work is included in the Louisiana State University Student Union Art Gallery Permanent Collection and the art collection of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia. In 2012, he became a co-manager and founding member of the TEN Gallery + Collective in New Orleans, LA. He is currently an instructor of painting and drawing at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.