UNO Alumni Spotlight- Jessica Goldfinch, “Miraculous Tales of Nonfiction”

 UNO-St. Claude Gallery Alumni Spotlight – Jessica Goldfinch, “Miraculous Tales of Nonfiction”

Jessica Goldfinch 2015  oil on canvas 9” x 12”

Jessica Goldfinch
2015
oil on canvas
9” x 12”

We are extremely pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host “Miraculous Tales of Nonfiction,” a solo exhibition featuring University of New Orleans Master of Fine Arts alumna Jessica Goldfinch. The artist investigates “mortality issues through the use of Freudian concepts of the uncanny” in compositions that reference memento mori, Dutch still life, and religious imagery.  With various iconography and seriousness tempered with humor and irony, the artworks address, in the artist’s words, the “paradox of mortality,” that “in order to have life, you must have death,” and result in “unexpected images of human frailty.”

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, September 12, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are September 12 to October 6, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939

“#Rehumanize for Albert Woodfox” and Book Launch for “The House that Herman Built”

“#Rehumanize, for Albert Woodfox” and Book Launch for “The House that Herman Built”
We are pleased to hold a concurrent book launch and opening reception for the exhibition “#Rehumanize, for Albert Woodfox,” with artists Jackie Sumell and Devin Reynolds, at the UNO-St. Claude Gallery. Both events will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, August 8.

“#Rehumanize” is an exhibition is lovingly dedicated to Albert Woodfox, one of a trio of male prison inmates who collectively became known as “The Angola 3.” Mr. Woodfox is the last to remain in prison of this group. He was assigned the prison number #72148 when he was just 23 years old. Now 68, Woodfox’s prison identification number corresponds with the commercial SKU number of an insulated thermos by Makita.

The artists state, “The exhibition is designed to provide the greater public understanding of the for-profit commercialized and dehumanized American prison system. It hopes to introduce conversations around the corporatization of incarceration, its inherent cruelties and ineffectiveness. If you allow profit driven institutions to be in charge of human capital, as was true with chattel slavery and is now true with in the Prison Industrial Complex, there is no possibility for justice, equality, or reform because the goals are not the same. 

“Through this exhibition, we ask you to imagine a world without prisons and to begin to dream of ways to better insure public safety and well-being without the need to simply dehumanize and punish. What can we learn from global best practices to re-educate and re-engage? Our hope is that you the viewer of any age will emerge moved to work for greater justice and beneficial reform.”

The House That Herman Built, written by Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace (design by Imani Jacqueline Brown), documents the life of and legacy of Herman Wallace, who spent 43 years in solitary confinement for a crime he could not have possibly committed. He was released on October 1, 2013 and died on October 4, 2013. It includes essays by Soffiyah Elijah, Cecily McMillan, Dr Lisa Guenther, Amy Goodman, and more.
Jackie’s work with Herman has positioned her at the forefront of the campaign to end solitary confinement in the United States. An ardent public speaker, Ms. Sumell has lectured throughout the United States and in Germany at ZKM Karlsruhe. She was the keynote speaker for Loyola Law School’s Prisoner Advocacy Conference 2014. Ms. Sumell has appeared on Democracy Now, CNN, ABC News, and NPR. In the wake of Herman’s death she continues to speak about her work and the use of prolonged solitary confinement, and passionately presents an experienced vision to end its practice.
 
She received a B.S. from the College of Charleston, and M.F.A. from Stanford University. Ms. Sumell currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she continues to work on Herman’s House and several other advocacy based projects. She is the 2013 Soros Justice Fellow and a member of adjunct faculty at Dillard University.

The exhibition will run from August 8 through September 7, 2015.  Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m.  The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Our phone number is 504.948.6939. Please direct any questions to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu. Please see the UNO website (www.uno.edu) for an article here with further information on the exhibition.

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An image from “#Rehumanize, for Albert Woodfox.” The artists state that prison numbers replace the identity of prisoners, paralleling the way numbers are used to identify commodities.

UNO-St. Claude Gallery Summer Exhibition – SPECTRA

We are extremely pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host “SPECTRA,” an exhibition organized by guest curator Edra Soto, during the months of June and July. Soto is a Chicago-based artist of Puerto Rican birth who runs THE FRANKLIN, an “artist-run project space” in her home’s backyard in Chicago, Illinois. This group show is comprised of works by Soto and two other Chicago artists, Damon Locks and Maria Gaspar, which explore concepts of politics, power, people and landscape, and personal tradition and history. The works include installation, sculpture, sound, and other “compelling visual elements.” The title of the show refers to the “broad range of varied but related ideas, objects, etc. that form a continuous series or sequence,” apparent in the links that form among the artworks.

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, June 13, from 6-9 p.m. Soto and Locks will hold a performance/lecture regarding the exhibit prior to the opening reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Exhibit dates are June 13 – August 2, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939.

Edra Soto Tropicalamerican CHI  2014 inkjet print over synthetic silk fabric and painted plastic pedestal fan 65” x 37”

Edra Soto
Tropicalamerican CHI
2014
inkjet print over synthetic silk fabric and painted plastic pedestal fan
65” x 37”

“(De)Tangled – A Living Salon,” presented by Pelican Bomb

Pelican Bomb Presents
(De)Tangled: A Living Salon
UNO-St. Claude Gallery
2429 St. Claude Avenue

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 6 – 9 PM featuring hair-themed DJ set by Bouffant Bouffant

May 10 – June 7, 2015
Every Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM

NEW ORLEANS — Pelican Bomb is pleased to present “(De)Tangled,” a multi-platform exhibition exploring historic and contemporary attitudes around hair and the politics of beauty. The central focus of the exhibition is an interactive gallery that invites the residents of New Orleans to see themselves as works of art. Every Saturday and Sunday, May 9 – June 7, Pelican Bomb is taking over the UNO St. Claude Gallery (2429 St. Claude Avenue) to create the 2015 New Orleans Hair Archive. Visitors will have their hairstyles photographed, drawn live by a cartoonist, and will be asked to name their styles. All drawn portraits will be added to the wall to create a growing, changing, living archive of current hairstyles in New Orleans.

Over the course of five weekends, Pelican Bomb will attempt to document as many hairstyles as possible. The goal of this interactive gallery is to create a fun, lively, and safe space to connect wide audiences to important ideas in contemporary art and explore the ways that art can offer entry points to deeply personal, complicated, and often contested areas of dialogue in everyday life.

Given Pelican Bomb’s role as a digital platform for writing about contemporary art in New Orleans, the interactive gallery will be complemented by a digital exhibition and series of commissioned writings. Throughout the exhibition run, Pelican Bomb will be rolling out a series of artist projects using photography, video, and animation; essays; and artist interviews. The digital artist projects and commissioned writings address a range of topics: conceptions of “good” and “bad” hair for black women; fantasy hair and identity in drag performance; body hair and the sexualized body in photography; barber loyalty and ideas of masculinity; and more. Offering diverse perspectives and multiple entry points for discussion, the exhibition is in direct conversation with museum and gallery shows happening throughout the country, critical writings, and pop culture interest in the subject.

Since its launch in 2011, Pelican Bomb has been New Orleans’ home for critical writing and thinking about art. Dedicated to making the city a viable and sustainable place for artists to live and work, Pelican Bomb builds infrastructure to support artist communities through its main programs: an online publication of contemporary art, an affordable art sales program, a roving exhibitions program, and a critic-in-residence program. As part of its roving exhibitions program, Pelican Bomb activates empty, underutilized, or otherwise transitional spaces through unique thematic exhibitions that explore the intersection of New Orleans’ social history and contemporary art.

For all press inquiries, contact Amanda Brinkman at 504.252.0136 or amanda@pelicanbomb.com, and Kathy Rodriguez at 504.280.6410 or klrodri2@uno.edu.

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Photo by Nakeya Brown

UNO-St. Claude Gallery April Exhibitions – Master of Fine Arts Thesis Shows

We are extremely pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions during the month of April. Brad Stire will exhibit video and photography in “Armchair Tourist,” and Craig Branum will show video, sculpture, and prints in his exhibition, titled “esc.” Stire employs image and installation to “speak of memory, nostalgia, and the integration of media and representation into experience.” Branum states, “My artwork is about the impact of the digital revolution on every aspect of life, such as relationships, war, and self image. I explore this in the creation of sculptures that represent abstracted globes or virtual worlds, digital animations concerning the virtual and simulated, and prints as allegories for embodied post-human experience. The visual themes of my work are bitmapped patterns, early computer graphics, and twenty sided dice.”

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are April 11 – May 3, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939.

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Craig Branum

Athena Quotes Baudrillard

2014

Still from digital animation

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Brad Stire

Florida 2 (detail)

2014

UNO-St. Claude Gallery March Exhibitions – Society for Photographic Education

We are pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host two concurrent photography exhibitions during the Society for Photographic Education conference in the month of March. Artist in Residence Ariya Martin curated an exhibit of images taking landscape as their subjects titled “Southern Landscape: Bearing the Mark.” The works are from The Do Good Fund, Inc., a collection of contemporary Southern photography based in Columbus, GA, with a mission to exhibit the work throughout the region alongside community-based programming. Artists included in the exhibition are Eliot Dudik, Joshua Dudley Greer, Jeff Rich, Mike Smith, Rylan Steele, and Walter Pickering.

In addition, Southerly Gold, a collective of female photographers residing in New Orleans – Aubrey Edwards, Ariya Martin and Elena Ricci – will exhibit photographs from their explorations of the far reaches of Louisiana’s landscape in an exhibit titled “God’s Country: Images of Louisiana’s Frontiers.” The artists state, “For two years, Southerly Gold followed the trail of desire for Southern Utopia. From agriculture to oil, from land to sea, they captured images along the routes of the past, uncovering, in the contemporary landscape, the residue those promises left on the land.”

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m., with artists from the collection and Southerly Gold present. Exhibit dates are March 14 – April 5, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939.Rylan_Steele

Rylan Steele

Oratory Interior

Archival pigment print of Museo Silver Rag

20” x 24”

Ed. of 25

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Southerly Gold

Tallulah Deer

Archival print

“Framed” – Nora See / “isthmus = anchovy” – Bradford Willingham: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will begin its spring exhibition programming with two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions. “isthmus=anchovy” will feature installation by Bradford Willingham, and “Framed” will include paintings by Nora See. Willingham “employs commonplace language, objects and means of communication, to create situations and sculptures that are at play with the familiar.” See “appropriates & dislocates paintings as miniature trinkets to reference the consumption and altered continuum of art.  Her alterations to original pieces further personalize their context to address specific autobiographical ideas.”

The exhibitions open Saturday, February 14, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The gallery will additionally host a closing reception on Saturday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are February 14 – March 8, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu.

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Nora See, Self-Portrait, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

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Bradford Willingham, isthmus=anchovy (postcard image), 2015