May 24, 2012
Please mark your calendars: Saturday, June 9th 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. is the opening reception of my solo exhibition 30 Years / 30 Blocks: a retrospective installation of place and public artworks at The Front gallery in the St. Claude Arts District. This exhibition, and the book accompanying it, is a scrapbook-like album that simultaneously chronicles three decades of public art, amalgamates these works with the current physical presence of The Front, and introduces an upcoming plan for a new series of public pieces to appear on the streets of New Orleans in 2014.
The book of this retrospective installation/exhibition will be available for sale at the gallery and online at e/PRIME Media.
Along with this installation, Babette Beaullieu and I will introduce our Cajun Prayer Flags public art installation in the back/side yard of The Front. Ushering in the 2012 hurricane season, our new hybrid of Cajun Prayer Flags will flutter with deeply textured imagery of Cajun Mardi Gras costumes in Acadiana. Paper and pen will be provided as an interactive component for passers by, encouraging them to join in by offering their personal wishes or prayers and tying them to the fence amidst its dead, clinging vines. This ritual and these devotional offerings are borrowed and blended traditions from Tibetan, Japanese, and Cajun cultures.
I plan to be gallery sitting Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 during the run of the exhibition.
Imprint: Call to Disarm. This installation was installed at our 511 Royal Street studio building in the Quarter as a Prospect.2 Satellite and will remain on view through July 8th, the end of the exhibition at The Front.