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.
Curated by Jonathan “Feral Opossum” Mayers
Evermore important during this political climate, women in the arts such as Julie Mehretu, Faith Ringgold, Mika Rottenberg, Jenny Saville, Swoon, and Kara Walker have created some of the most engaging, thoughtful, and powerful works. However, for some their works can be difficult to decipher without context. Nos Histoires presents an array of visual art and commentary by women connected to the southern Louisiana art realm. Their fonts of inspiration, displayed in both English and French texts, reveal the esoteric context behind these works in hopes of creating a multi-faceted connection with both informed and uninformed audiences.
Artists in Nos Histoires include: Danielle Burns, Dawn Black, Kathleen DeArmas, Amanda James, Nicole Johnson, Kelli Scott Kelley, Lee Randall, Emily Randall, Kelly Stombaugh, and Jane Tardo.
We are extremely pleased to announce that UNO alumnus David Rex Joyner’s latest exhibition, scaping, will be opening at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery May 13th, 2017. With layers and textures of paint, Joyner translates images, ideas, and places through observation and manipulation into works that are simultaneously abstract and evocative. In scaping, Joyner uses the abstraction that he derives from the landscape, which he calls abstract impressionism, to explore the concepts of landscape and place.