November 8- December 7, 2014
Opening reception Saturday November 8th, 6-10 pm
Body Sculpture II performance by Robyn LeRoy-Evans
Sunday November 9th, 1:30-2 pm in the backyard
Artist talks to follow at 2 pm
PhotoNOLA reception: Saturday December 6, 6-9 pm
Informal gallery conversation with exhibiting artists, Sunday, December 7, 2-5 pm
Artery, creek, highway, and byway. Stent, bypass, overflow, overpass. New photographs by Lee Deigaard explore landscape a stone's throw from the interstate.
Lee Deigaard graduated from Yale University with a major in fine arts and earned graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design and from the University of Texas at Austin where she held a Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing. In 2012 she won the Clarence John Laughlin Award for her series of photographs of animals "Unbidden". In 2013, she had solo shows of site-specific immersive installations at the Alexandria Museum of Art ["FLOW"], the Acadiana Center for the Arts ["PULSE"], the University of New Orleans ["Eclogue"], and the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans ["SubMERGE"]. Her solo show of photography "Trespass" and her video installation “PULSE” were on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2014. Her work has been featured on National Geographic's blog PROOF and on Lenscratch. Recently, she was a Southern Constellations Fellow at Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC where she invited horses to visit a museum ["Gus and Deuce Go Elsewhere"]. Her curations at The Front include the group shows "PhotoBOMB", "You Beautiful Bitch", and "Latin for Crab".
Lee's work explores animal protagonists and the emotional spaces and physical landscapes where humans and animals co-habitate. Circulatory systems, ecological processes and ideas of flow, immersion, and convergence inform much of her work.
New work by Traviesa.
Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Bloom from the Forest Series, Metallic print mounted to Sintra, 8"x10", 2014
Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Naomi Shersty, and Ryn Wilson
Oppositions and Parallels
Oppositions and Parallels presents artwork by Robyn LeRoy-Evans, Naomi Shersty and Ryn Wilson. Using photography as a unifying medium, the exhibition identifies several opposing and overlapping themes within each artist’s practice.Sharing a mutual fascination with the relationship between environment and self, each artist has depicted the female body either in full or in part, as a distorted, fractured form, via text, or through the use of symbolic objects. Having traveled the United States as well as further afield, each artist has at some point found themselves to be the outsider, the newcomer, and the stranger. They have been transplanted into new environments, forced to navigate unknown territory, and have been met with both understanding and misperception along the way. These artworks explore associated feelings of confusion, loss, anxiety, desire, and loneliness, emotions which can arise from living an itinerant and malleable existence.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a Canadian mother and Welsh father, Robyn LeRoy-Evans spent much of her early life on the move. In adulthood, travel has become something she craves. The new experiences, emotions, and challenges that unfamiliar locations hold are at the core of her photographic practice, compelling her to make physical responses to her ever changing surroundings. Her fascination with inanimate objects, particularly vessels, drapery, and furniture, could be attributed to a deep rooted desire to finally settle somewhere...to create the perfect home. Robyn currently divides herself between rural Carmarthenshire, Wales, and New Orleans, USA. In 2012 she achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent exhibition was the group show God’s Bridge X, at The Bowes Museum, in County Durham, UK.
Naomi Shersty has exhibited her multimedia artwork both nationally and internationally at venues such as the New Mexico Museum of Art (Santa Fe, NM), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), and Gallery 00130 (Helsinki, Finland). Her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies (University of Nebraska Press), Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice (Routledge), and Learning to Love You More (Pentel Publishing). Shersty received her BFA from The University of Florida, and her MFA from The University of New Mexico. She lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.
Ryn Wilson is a photography and video artist currently living and working in New Orleans. She grew up in the Mid West and received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2006. She spent time studying in Thailand, China and Germany and worked as a photographer and artist’s assistant in Tokyo and Shanghai. She has exhibited in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Oslo, Stavanger, San Francisco, Austin, Milwaukee and New Orleans. Ryn received her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 2013 and is a member of the New Orleans artist collective and gallery, The Front.
Edna (Eddie) Lanieri
Votive Offerings and Relics
Eddie Lanieri’s photographic interest is in the human experience and examination of self through cultural influences, and ritualistic expression. Her work often explores ideas of femininity, memory, loss, nostalgia, and the liminal state of identity. In her new body of work, being presented at The Front, examines identity through death, and changing of family history.
Eddie Lanieri, originally from Long Island, is a New Orleans based artist where she teaches photography at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her work has been exhibited both nationally, and internationally, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, London, Tokyo, and Salzburg. Recently her work was part of the exhibition "XX-Mark of the Feminine", and she presented her work as part of a panel discussion on Gender and the South at Mississippi University of Women. She has been noted as 20 New Orleans Artist to Know, and featured in One, One Thousand Magazine.