Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Changed Waters exhibition: Introducing artists Valentine Pierce

Ms Valentine Pierce, artist

Both works are mixed media about Katrina. The images came from photographs I took around the city when I came back in December of 2005. The poem/prose are from about a dozen notebooks I had written over the course of about two years from August 2005 to January 2007 that became a work called, "Hell and High Water: A Writer's Notebook on America's International Disgrace." My goal when I started the project was just to document but, as with all projects, it took on a life if it's own.

I used photography, paint, paper, cardboard and old frames. That is, I used what was left after Hurricane Katrina ravished the city.
"3 Dead" was written on a house in the Ninth Ward. I don't remember, beyond the broad event of the hurricane what generated the prose. It is 18"w x 15.5"h.
"Standing Still": The photo is from the Ninth Ward; the poem was born as a result of standing in the middle of Tulane and Broad photographing with absolutely no traffic. Anyone who knows this city knows you can't just pull over anywhere near Tulane and Broad and stand in the middle of the street with a camera. It is 19"w x 14.75"h.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Changed Waters exhibtion to open August 1

 “You can do two things when people throw rocks at you. Pick them up and throw them back, or collect those stones and build yourself a castle. ~Terence Howard

 There will be a number artists exhibiting their work in this exhbition with expressing where they are today or reflecting where they were when boulders was being hurled at them during the storm.  I searched for visual imagery for my own story and decided I need to go back for a moment...

Fortunately my neighbor at that time, musician Ben Schneck of the Panorama Jazz Band was kind enough to return to the house and shot these images in Oct rough about 5 weeks out from the storm

The images I am showing here were from my old place Uptown New Orleans roughly about 5 weeks after Hurricane Katrina & Rita and the levees breaking.  I had a viscereal response.

If anything, it solidifies for me why I must do the "Changed Waters: Thrown Rocks, Building Castles" exhibition that will open Aug1 through Sept 6th,2015.

Fortunately in one way, I am I was not here but actually had just been ask to extend my residency at Bennett College for Women in North Carolina. I was literally two weeks out from the storm preparing to return back to New Orleans.

But for all intent and purposes I was.  More on that later.

You can see the bags caught in the trees outside my bay windows.  Mind you this is two floors above ground.  The murals were done by artist Michele Lambertthat I had commissioned in 2000.

Bay window view

In my dining room

Dining room

Inscribe by the person who rented the house after I moved out

The fire that took out the whole block across the street from me.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Changed Waters:Thrown Rocks, Building Castles~ Call for Artists

"Changed Waters: Thrown Rocks, Building Castles"

CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: The focus of this exhibition is to showcase works
of art that depict transformation. The process of change takes on many forms,
but what does change look like to you? Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of
Katrina & Rita, the will be held Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 from 4-7p.m at Rhythm
& Hues Art Space, 1501 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

SUBMISSIONS: Artists can submit 1-3 works for consideration. Accepted media
can be any 2-D or 3-D media, such as painting, photography, fiber, mixed media,
pencil, ink, prints or sculpture. All work accepted must be ready to hang. Artists
must provide their own easels or pedestals for free standing pieces/sculptures/.
Included with your submission should be one to two short paragraph artist
descriptions of each submitted piece.

Submission deadline is July 1, 2015. All art images must be submitted
electronically. Please e-mail submissions as jpegs to rhythmnhues@gmail.com
for review. Selected works must be delivered to Rhythm & Hues Art Space at
1501 Canal St New Orleans, LA 70112 by July 6, 2015.

You must be a member in good standing of Ashé Cultural Arts Center’s Side By
Side program.

EXHIBITION DATES: July 17, 2015 - August 31, 2015
Rhythm & Hues Art Space, 1501 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Wednesday – Saturday| 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Monday – Tuesday | By Appointment Only
For questions and any other additional information, please contact: