Exhibitions is thrilled to present a three-person group show
organized by Keith Couser focusing on cultural
production from New Orleans and South Louisiana. Featured are
multi-media artist Stephen Collier and painters
Brian Guidry and Rachel Jones.
The show will open with a reception that is free and open to
the public on Friday, February 25 from 5 to 8pm.
Collier will be showing a new video, ceramics, photographs
and collages, works that function as staged archeological finds.
A recent sculpture"CROATOAN" is a freestanding, resin/fiberglass-cast
sand dollar with an airbrushed beach scene on the front and
jail-house hatch marks on the back denoting the number of days
it took to plug the BP oil spill. Like the word "Croatoan",
Collier's artifacts act as traces of lost settlements and are
used to describe what has happened in South Louisiana and other
parts of the gulf coast.
Collier was recently included in the Prospect 1.5 Biennial,
curated by Dan Cameron, in a two-person show (with Tameka Norris)
at the Good Children Gallery in New Orleans and showed in the
New Orleans Biennial in 2008 at KK Projects. Collier
has been included in group shows at White Box, The Bronx River
Art Center and Cuchifritos in New York City; The Soap Factory
in Minneapolis; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans;
and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Collier’s solo show in 2008 at Good Children Gallery was
reviewed in The Times-Picayune and his work
has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal,
ArtSlant, and Time Out New York.
He has been an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Institute
in New Mexico, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York
and Louisiana Artworks in New Orleans and been the recipient
of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. He received his BFA from
the University of New Orleans and he lives and works in New
Brian Guidry's intricate geometric paintings
are seductive - tiny crackles and splintering shiny surfaces
trip both modern and antique sensibilities. His paintings come
from an interest in an almost alchemical transformation of material.
Guidry states "I am interested in the forces and processes
that produce and control the phenomena of the material world.
The colors I use are sampled from the landscape where I am currently
working in South Louisiana. Reflections from water, menacing
storm clouds and September's exhausted foliage are among the
sources from which I reference." The conversion of observed,
natural color to painted color reflects his fascination with
humanity's manipulation of nature for consumption - the conversion
of raw material to usable material.
Guidry has presented recent solo shows at CSPS (Legion Arts)
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; KK Projects — a Prospect 1 satellite
installation, New Orleans, LA., and the Acadiana Center for
the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. He’s been included in
group shows at the Contemporary Art Center, Jonathan Ferrara
Gallery, Good Children Gallery, Louisiana ArtWorks, the Odgen
Museum of Art, all in New Orleans; The Bronx Museum in New York;
and within Louisiana: The Paul & Lulu Hilliard University
Art Museum, Lafayette; Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas; Abercrombie
Gallery, McNeese University, Lake Charles; Alexandria Museum
of Art, Alexandria; and Ephemeral Gallery in Baton Rouge. His
work has been featured and discussed in Artforum.com,
The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, The Burlington
Free Press (VT), The New York Times, New
York Arts, and New American Painting.
His work is in the collections of E.O.S Global, New York; Hopkins,
Sampson & Brown Equities, LLC., Newark, New Jersey; Odgen
Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; National College
of Arts--Lahore, Pakistan; New York Public Library, New York,
New York; Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, New York; and Paul
& Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana.
Guidry received his MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn
in 1997. He lives and works in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Rachel Jones' current paintings, vibrant impasto-ed
oils on flexible plastic, hover between landscape, abstraction
and phenomenological imagery. Jones will show a series of new
small paintings as well as a separate body of work -- sketchy,
colored pencil contour drawings of Civil War Era denizens. Jones
states "I begin the works by pulling photos and reproductions
from public sources, both historical and contemporary. I then
distort and abstract the images and use them as casual references.
The paintings are executed on cut plastic sheets, and I borrow
the crisp, clean borders and layouts from the world of design
Rachel Jones has participated in group shows at Galerie im Andechshof
in Innsbruck, Austria; Winkleman Gallery in New York City; New
Orleans Museum of Art, The Front, Good Children Gallery and
Contemporary Art Center, all in New Orleans; Space 301 in Mobile,
Alabama; and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette.
Her solo show at The Front wasa Prospect 1 satellite
show in 2008. She has had three solo shows in total at The Front
in New Orleans. Her work has been discussed and featured in
the New Orleans Art Review, Gambit Weekly
and New American Paintings. Her work is in the
collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art and Southeastern
Oklahoma State University. Jones received her MFA from the University
of New Orleans and she lives and works in New Orleans.
Exhibition organizer Keith Couser has been
involved in Chicago's art community over the past ten years
as a fervent enthusiast and for 5 years, the co-owner and co-director
of Bucket Rider Gallery. He is a frequent visitor to New Orleans
and in 2008 helped to work on the Prospect.1 Biennial
organized by Dan Cameron.