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Good Children Gallery
Good Children Gallery
October 30, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Good Children Gallery presents RE:TELL, an exhibition curated by Ashley Teamer from members of the Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, LA. The works included in RE:TELL use material culture as a medium to redefine objects and images through scale, repetition, and destruction. These recognizable traces of form playfully poke at the politics of both originality and Art. This show features work by Scott Andersen, Manon Bellet, Joshua Edward Bennett, Jessica Bizer, Brian Guidry, Peter Hoffman, Marta Maleck, Aaron McNamee, and Generic Art Solutions.
Scott Andresen is an artist who lives and works in New Orleans, LA. His collage and mixed media based works explore the theme of repair and the consequences of such actions. He received his MFA from Yale University and BA from Hunter College and has shown at Jack Tilton Gallery, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Exit Art, Naples Museum of Art and The Bronx Museum. He has attended residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council while also receiving fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. Scott is the FoundationsC oordinator at the LSU School of Art.
Manon Bellet (b. 1979) is a French visual artist currently living and working in New Orleans, LA. Over the last ten years, Bellet has lived between Berlin, Germany, and Basel, Switzerland, where she developed her artistic practice and exhibited at many international art institutions, fairs, galleries and residencies throughout Europe and the United States. Bellet has a broad background in education and studio art having led workshops at various academic art institutions. As a European artist currently living in the United States, Bellet finds inspiration in greater Louisiana and the Mississippi delta region. These unique landscapes broaden her artistic practice as well as help develop projects that are directly related to the lexicon of these distinct geographies. In a sense, Bellet’s choice to observe rather than control her surroundings shapes her conceptualism and supports the idea that a works inception is more important than its completion. Bellet embraces serendipity as the most relevant of all creative processes while simultaneously selecting materials that maintain a certain humility in their sheer formalism. Simple and unsophisticated, these materials possess an expressive power that Bellet taps into thereby making them deliberately ‘anti-form’, as if they emerged as much from the landscape they were inspired by as well as Bellet’s own hand.
Jessica Bizer is a painter and installation artist. Her work depicts multi-layered atmospheres that contain deviating, often contradicting identities— environments in which fantastical expression collides with a flat and literal sensibility.
Her recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, and group shows in New York, New Orleans and San Antonio, TX. Her work has appeared in Nylon Magazine, Hyperallergic, and on National Public Radio’s Studio 360. She has paintings in the collection of the Bennetton Corporation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Brian Guidry received his BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include; The Bronx Museum in New York; Gana Art Space, Seoul, Korea; the Odgen Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans; The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans and the National Collage of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. His work has been featured and discussed in Time Out Chicago, ArtForum, The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Pelican Bomb, The New York Times, and New American Paintings. His work is in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art; The Odgen Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA.; National College of Arts—Lahore, Pakistan; New York Public Library, New York, NY; Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, NY; and Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA.
Peter Hoffman is a New Orleans- based artist who primarily works with oil paint on canvas. Working within the parameters and limitations of painting, Hoffman creates visually generous and elusively expressive pictures. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and also studied at the Marchutz School of Painting in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2006. He recently graduated from the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Orleans in 2014.
Marta Rodriguez Maleck is a performer, sculptor, painter, and installation artist. Rodriguez Maleck employs nostalgia, disguise, and sarcasm in order to challenge norms and create alternate realities that explore accepted expectations based on gender, age, and familial roles. With an interest to engage a variety of audiences, Marta has exhibited her work in a myriad spaces, from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to DIY house shows and everything in between.
Aaron McNamee (b. 1977) and raised in rural Northeastern Oregon without electricity or running water for the first six years of his life. After adjusting to the commodities (including indoor plumbing) and rituals of the modern world, he spent time skateboarding, snowboarding, traveling and art making. Concentrating on sculpture, he earned a BA from Eastern Oregon University in 2004. Intrigued and seduced by the Wild-West lifestyle of post-Katrina New Orleans, Aaron pursued his graduate work with an assistantship at Tulane University followed by one at University of New Orleans where he earned his MFA in 2010. He continues to live in New Orleans and serves as an Artist in Residence at the University of New Orleans where he teaches sculpture and drawing. Working with themes of time and media, McNamee has meticulously laminated the daily newspaper into complete one-year cycles in what critic D. Eric Bookhardt writes “subverts the processes of mechanical media… The news and its media are ephemeral, yet here pages that once held all that was weighty in the world are congealed into dead weight and reduced to inert blocks of abandoned information in a weird entombment.” McNamee has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and in Europe. His work appears in public and private collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and Eastern Oregon University and has been reviewed in Artforum among other publications. He is a member of Good Children Gallery (New Orleans, LA) and is represented by Boyd Satellite Gallery (New Orleans, LA).
Generic Art Solutions is the collaborative efforts of Matt Vis and Tony Campbell. This New Orleans-based art duo utilizes nearly every art medium as they examine the recurring themes of human drama and the (dis)functions of contemporary society. Always rooted in the performative, they play every character in their work. In their more distilled “duets” we see something of a yin and yang (a balance between individuals that aren’t quite interchangeable), but in their more elaborate stageings the resultant effect is as epic as the subject matter itself. By combining Classical, Romantic, and Baroque compositional elements with contemporary pictorial techniques, they manage to illuminate the common thread that connects past histories with current events. This strategy creates something of a “Déjà Vu effect” that is driven by drama and surreality with traces of levity. In this dialogue between the past and present the viewer realizes several things: 1) that the history of art is inextricably political, 2) that human behavior repeats itself no matter how tragic or brutal, and 3) that this cycle of repetition must be broken so personal and societal progress can be made. Despite all this, their work contains a glimmer of hope-a hope that through thoughtful examination (and armed with a commitment to change) we can indeed forge a better future.
Lala Raščić (b. 1977 Sarajevo) is a multi media artist working with performance, video, installation, and painting. Recent solo exhibitions include Evil Earth System, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans (2016); Evil Earth, Culture Center Tobacna, Ljubljana (2015), The Eumenides, UNO Campus Art Gallery, New Orleans (2014), How to do Things With Words, SKUC, Ljubljana (2014); No Country Other Than Liberty, SIZ at Mali Salon, Rijeka (2013); andWhatever the Object, GfZK, Leipzig (2013). Group shows includeMULTIMERIDIJAN 16, Bodies in Dialog and the Process of Reglection, Gallery Luka + Gallery Annex, Pula (2016), Memory Lane, Galerie du Jour, Agnes B, Paris (2014); and the 54th October Salon, Belgrade (2013). In 2014, Raščić published her book Lala’s Reader with a foreword by Jelna Vesić, published by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute from Ljubljana.
Amongst others, Raščić had attended artist-in-residence programs at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam; Platform Garanti, Istanbul; KulturKontakt, Vienna; and Cite des Arts, Paris. Raščić is the recipient of the awards Future of Europe,Leipzig in 2013; and T-HT and Museum of Contemporary Art award, Zagreb in 2007.
Raščić is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. She is a member of the Sarajevo organization CRVENA, a member of the collective Good Children Gallery in New Orleans and a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists. She lives and works in Zagreb, Sarajevo, and New Orleans.
Christopher Saucedo grew up in pre-hip Brooklyn then taught sculpture at the University of New Orleans for 20-years, retiring as Chair of the Art Department in 2012. Presently Saucedo lives in two cities, having returned to New York and joining the faculty at Adelphi University where he continues to teach sculpture. He divides his time between Rockaway and New Orleans.
His artwork has been extensively exhibited nationally and abroad over the past 25-years with a current exhibition at the National September 11th Museum in NYC. He also completed three works of public sculpture in New Orleans. “Flood Marker”, a Katrina memorial at the Milne Boys Home, “Equal Slices” on the campus of the UNO and ‘Boettner Park, You Are Here” in the uptown. A monumental sculpture, “You Must be This Tall”, under construction for the St Claude Art District is also in New Orleans.
Saucedo is the recipient of numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His artwork has been reviewed and featured on NPR, Art News, Bomb, Art Papers, Sculpture, The New York Times and World Sculpture News.
- Curated by Ashley Teamer