NEW ORLEANS, LA.- Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
announced the lineup of artists for the newest exhibition, St. Claude. The multi-media group exhibition showcases artists from the burgeoning St. Claude Arts District of New Orleans and opened in conjunction with the annual Whitney White Linen Night that drew over 50,000 art lovers to the New Orleans Arts District.
The St. Claude Arts District is a vibrant artist-driven group of exhibition spaces located in the St. Claude area of New Orleans. Artist studios, collectives, cooperatives and performance spaces populate this area and offer some of the most innovative, experimental, and emerging art, taking place in New Orleans. Organic and grass roots, the spaces on St. Claude draw thousands to their monthly (second Saturday) openings. The spaces can run the gamut from very raw to somewhat refined, but they give young artists venues to showcase their creative visions, often for the first time anywhere. The creative energy on St. Claude is palpable and these spaces provide an essential breeding ground for the next generation of emerging artists as well as venues for more established artists to take risks that arent possible in more commercial galleries.
Gallery owner and curator Jonathan Ferrara, who started his career at the artist cooperative Positive Space (1994-1998), has been regularly attending the St. Claude openings for over four years. In that time he has discovered many artists' works and his eponymous gallery represents several artists who are active in St Claude Arts District and are co-founders of the various collective spaces. For this exhibition, Ferrara's aim was to present a cross section of works by artists from St. Claude and also those who live in the area. With a goal of further cementing the relationship between the more commercial Julia Street galleries and the more experimental St. Claude venues. St. Claude, the exhibition, offers a snapshot of what's happening on St. Claude Avenue.
By presenting the exhibition of White Linen Night which draws over 50,000 people to the Warehouse District and Julia Street, Ferrara aimed to shine a bright spotlight on the talents that exist on St. Claude with the hopes of generating even more interest in the exciting scene taking place there. The St. Claude Arts District has grown tremendously over the past five years, especially under the inspiration of Prospect New Orleans Biennial founded by curator Dan Cameron. St. Claude presents the work of thirteen artist, some that are well-known and others who are showing for the first time on Julia Street.
From the installation of household goods made from cut cardboard by Bob Snead to the ethereal photographs of Angela Berry, St. Claude offers a range of works in various media.
Stephen Kwok of T-Lot presents an installation drawing from the visual efficiency of Internet, where grids, thumbnails, and whiteness streamline consumption of information, delete context, and consolidate experience.
Kiernan Dunn of the Aquarium Gallery combines printmaking with performative installations to explore the notion of a permanent vacation.
Michael Pajon presents his mixed media collages using antique matchbooks, postcards, books, sheet music, cracker jack toys and other found objects.
James W. Goedert examines the relationship between maps, structures and machines through the unique medium of foil embossing.
Good Children Gallery artist Malcolm McClay renders imagery of half-built homes from his native Donegal, recalling a similar time when the artist was documenting the same post-Hurricane Katrina. Christopher Saucedo presents familiar Fluid Volume containers that we all recognize; cups, quarts, gallons, as the imagination creates the branding label which has been omitted.
Good Children Gallery co-founder Dan Tague has created an Ai Weiwei inspired photograph and Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S) are exhibiting an over-sized sculptural phallus as an ode to Claes Oldenburg.
Hannah Chalew follows up her solo exhibition earlier this year with a selection of her characteristic drawings of overgrown foliage in vacated lots of New Orleans.