The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a bright and colourful feel. When I visited the exhibition NOLA NOW Part II: The Human Figure was on display. NOLA NOW is an online database where over 400 artists in the New Orleans area have uploaded works, their long-term goal is to promote the vibrant arts scene in the area and to present the database as an invaluable resource to arts institutions, curators, and writers across the globe. Below you can see some of the works I particularly enjoyed that were on display…
Photography was now allowed, please see links to http://nolanow.cacno.org/ site where the images were taken from.
This humorous collection of thumb sized portraits with what they want stated underneath, including phrases such as ‘understanding’, ‘to quit’ and ‘praise’. Your eyes can’t help but roam around the image whilst considering the expression of emotion, and what you want…
I love religious artwork and this lively, Creole influenced painting is no exception. The little angel in the foreground caught my attention first, then the clapping nuns and baby Jesus appears to be pointing to a map of New Orleans. It makes music play in my mind and truly summons the exciting atmosphere of the city.
This relief work at first looks like a traditional sculpture but the fiberglass piece depicts the Mardi Gras that New Orleans is so famous for. Brent Barnidge actually started sculpting props for the carnival and has progressed with each work. The movement of the characters and their fancy dress costumes really capture the spirit of the festivities.
This fantastic work embodies everything I love about painting – imaginative colour work, bold brush strokes and abstraction that seizes a moment. A portly lady, meandering down the street and something has caught her attention, hmm, should she go in?
Exhibitions change regularly so check the website first.
Entry Fee: $5
Location: 900 Camp St. New Orleans, LA 70130