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Two Blocks From Elysian Fields: Recent Work From New Orleans Exhibition

June 1, 2017

Two Blocks From Elysian Fields:

Recent Work From New Orleans Exhibition Dates: June 1-June 30, 2017 The Clemente 107 Suffolk Street NY, NY 10002 www.theclementecenter.org Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 3:30-7:00 pm Contact: info@theclementecenter.org Tel. (212)260-4080 Exhibition Description: Staple Goods is a ten-member artist collective poetically situated two blocks from Elysian Fields Avenue, which spans the distance between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain. There are days where New Orleanians would hail the city itself, sandwiched between these two grand bodies of water, to be just shy of paradise; other times could not reveal the chasm greater. Works in this exhibition by collective members explore this tension from a formal, material, sociological and historical perspective. The Clemente is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broadminded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. A commitment to diverse programming has led to this exhibition, bridging the Lower East Side with the spirit and vigor of New Orleans. Staple Goods is one of many emerging art venues in the St. Claude Arts District, a post-Katrina development that has taken shape alongside Prospect New Orleans, now an international Triennial. The St. Claude Arts District shares similarities to the Lower East Side art scene that arose between 1974 and 1984, chronicled in The Downtown Show at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery in 2006. Featured Artists: New Orleans native Katrina Andry explores the negative effect of stereotypes upon minorities through large scale narrative works. Katrina received an MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA in 2010. She currently works and lives in New Orleans and has been awarded residencies from the Joan Mitchell Center of New Orleans, Anchor Graphics in Chicago, and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California. Thomasine Bartlett has an MFA and a PhD from Tulane University where she runs the Museum/Gallery and Studio Internship program for the art department. She makes Pris- macolor drawings in addition to sewing/fashion and performance. Her personal practice most recently has revolved around 3rd wave feminist performance. Aaron Collier is a visual artist and educator at Tulane University. His work traffics in glimpse, suggestion, and fragment as consonant with a shifting world where what we know consistently shares an edge with what we do not. Solo exhibitions have occurred at Cole Pratt Gallery, Staple Goods, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Francis Marion University. He is the recipient of residencies from the Joan Mitchell Center, Ragdale, VCCA, and ISCP in Brooklyn. Originally from the Detroit suburbs, William DePauw has been teaching ceramic object making in some form for 14 years. He has held a faculty position in the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University for ten years teaching all levels of undergraduate ceramics, mentoring graduate students, and maintaining the ceramics lab. His work, broadly speaking, is based on the observation of objects. He is mostly interested in how inherent references of the familiar and the material place objects into contexts, histories, and various other narratives. Baltimore native Abdi Farah began his art education at the George Washington Carver Center in Towson, Maryland before continuing on to the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors in 2009. Abdi has exhibited work extensively across the country at institutions that include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Margulies Collection, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and most notably a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Abe Geasland’s enigmatic functional objects exist somewhere between sculpture and design in a realm he likes to refer to as post-industrial primitive. As sculpture the work conveys the intensity of personal expression by synthesizing the immediateness of found objects, the familiarity of common material and the directness of constructivist techniques. He has taught and studied at the Haystack School of Crafts, and received his B.A from Franklin and Marshall College, PA. Originally from New York, Norah Lovell exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and was a resident artist at The Emily Harvey Foundation in Italy, ISCP in Brooklyn, and the Joan Mitchell Center. Scenic wallpaper, cinema, encyclopedias, and experimentation with stereo viewing and thinking, or the state of double condition inform her recent ephemeral constructions and paintings. Callan Contemporary in New Orleans represents her work. Anne C Nelson is a founding member at Staple Goods Collective. Originally from Minnesota, Nelson has been based in New Orleans since 2010, where she is a Professor of Painting at Tulane University. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and is represented by Cole Pratt Gallery. Nelson’s work typically revolves around the use of landscape and abstraction as analogies for social ties and relationships. New Orleans-based Jack Niven’s work looks at pop symbology and commodity based cultural norms in an attempt to synthesize a legend of concrete character markers with emotive states. His recent Staple Goods solo exhibitions were Happiness By The Gram, and Over the River (also shown at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art). Niven’s work can be found in private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Canada. A midwestern native, Sadie Sheldon been living and working in New Orleans since 2011. She is a founding member of the Aquarium Collective and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from Tulane University. Her work is made entirely from recycled materials and explores the environmental impact of consumerism and waste. Located in a former corner grocery in the St. Roch neighborhood, Staple Goods is an artist collective dedicated to innovative programming of contemporary visual art by its members and invited guests from the U.S. and abroad. We believe that art is a staple of life, not a luxury, and that it is a characteristic of a thriving neighborhood. Staple Goods Gallery website: post medium.org/staplegoods email: staplegoodsnola@gmail.com Kill Date: June 30, 2017 #