Jonathan Ferrara Gallery 841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is an
artist-owned contemporary fine art gallery located in the historic Warehouse
District of New Orleans. It features cutting edge works by local and national
artists including paintings, sculpture, glass, metal works, photography,
mixed media and installation art. Locals know iit as an entire "creative
space", and a source of incredibly eclectic, wild art.
reopened after a disastrous fire, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery has continue
to present new and exciting works of art by the city's finest artists.
Currently, the extraordinary exhibition of paintings and other works by
Matthew Cox - "5 Practical Uses For Capes" - is proving to be
yet another visually stunning solo exhibition by this prolific and talented
Figures waiting in line, riding in an airplane, standing at an art opening
or working in the kitchen - in choosing these topics,Cox emphasizes the
experience of these mundance activities, while elevating them into something
elegant and beautiful. In days past there were practical uses for capes,
but no longer. Only in fiction does the cape offer a dramatic flair that
separates the ordinary person from one of great importance, a superhero,
perhaps. In depicting ordinary people doing ordinary things, Cox wryly
clothes them in capes - symbolically increasing the importance of their
Stylistically, Cox' work is reminiscent of the Italian masters. These
beautifully rendered large-scaled oil paintings, with muted earth tones
and layers of glazing evoke a classic feeling. His first solo exhibition,
"Elaborating on the Ordinary", held in the same gallery last
December, was selected as the number five of the top ten art exhibitions
of 2001 by the Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash. This year's solo
exhibition will be just as exciting and innovative. "5 Practical
Uses for Capes" will be on display through January 3, 2003.
Exciting News! The
New Orleans Museum of Art has purchased Matthew Cox's large scale figure
painting "Catfight" for it's permanent collection.
more information on this and other shows, contact the gallery at 504.522.5471,
or at email@example.com
Arthur Roger Gallery
432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Web: www.artroger.com or call 504.522.1999.
December 28th, 2002, the Gallery presents exhibitions of recent work by
the glass artist Mitchell Gaudet and by sculptor Jesus Moroles.
regards himself primarily as a glass caster who ladles molten glass out
of a furnace and into a mold, frequently incorporating found objects into
his work often indirectly by the abstraction of the object in the casting
process.. He likes to make objects with "a funky historical presence
to them." and approaches his work in a narrative manner telling a
story with both his shows and his individual pieces.
For this show, Gaudet chose to use only cobalt as a color because of its
seductiveness, richness and association with healing. In addition to smaller
pieces, he has created two large screens of glass tiles embossed with
the imagery of found objects, and a wall hanging, "Inventory",
which comprises many small castings, framed by an old cast iron mantel.
The artist is also presenting in the show a collection of flasks with
a used laboratory appearance which are felt to contain the essence, for
example, of an event or person as defined by the stopper.
Moroles works on both a monumental and small scale in his granite sculpture,
combining cutting and polishing techniques with the natural presence of
the stone to create works of universal stature. Moroles states, "My
work is a discussion of how man exists in nature and touches nature and
uses nature. Each of my pieces has about 50 percent
of its surfaces untouched and raw --- those are parts of the stone that
were torn. The rest of the work is smoothed and polished. The effect,
which I want people to not only look at but touch, is a harmonious coexistence
of the two."
Moroles refers to the hard stone as if it were alive, saying that when
he visits a quarry to select his materials, certain pieces of granite
speak to him and beckon him to take them home, though it may be years
before they reveal their secrets to the artist. In this manner Moroles
is aligned with many ancient cultures, which have attributed great powers-from
magical energies to fertility and healing-to stones.
Michalopoulos Gallery 617
Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Web: www.michalopoulos.com or call
Galleries in New Orleans and Boston feature the work of James
who is famous for his splendidly skewed paintings of French
Quarter balconies, Garden District mansions and Back Bay beauties.
speaks lyrically of "the music and energy llurking in houses",
oil paintings capture the life, movement and personality of these structures.
In this spirit his houses live, breathe and move like the people who inhabit
work brings to mind such words as
expressionistic, gestural, energetic and colorful.
In addition to his
"organic" buildings, he
paints automobiles which look like living beings, as well as lyrically
beautiful figure paintings.
In both 1998 and 2001 he was commissioned
to create the official poster for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,
i n his capacity as Art Director for House of Blues Productions he has
designed stage sets for the House of Blues in both New Orleans and Los
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