Louisiana Voices: Six Artists Speak to Us - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The artists chosen for this exhibition are all Louisiana natives with exceptional talents in the visual arts. Each artist has developed a unique visual language that reflects both their roots in Louisiana and their knowledge of art history. For Marjorie Pierson, Melissa Bonin and Linda Dautriel, a love of nature and landscape is evident in the images they create. In their abstractions, one can see visual elements of Louisiana's landscape; vines, trees, plants, mist, and water filter through these artist's paintings and photographs reflecting the many diverse faces of Louisiana's natural beauty.
Lisa Osborn and Amy Guidry also work with subject matter derived from nature but in a language grounded in the art historical modes of figural representation and Surrealism. Though their aesthetics appear less connected to their Louisiana roots, both Osborn and Guidry have an edge to their works that is simultaneously compelling and unsettling much like aspects of Louisiana culture. Courir de Mardi Gras participants for example, engage us with their brightly colored costumes yet frighten us with their salacious antics and masked identities. We are instinctively drawn to these artist's works for their sensuality, but unsettled by their underlying power to confound and challenge us.
Troy Dugas' work draws upon the tradition of finding objects and then re-working the material into a new creation. Unlike a painting or sculpture where the artist starts with a blank canvas or a lump of material, working with found objects typically means the artist retains something of the object's character, redefining its meaning by reorganizing its context.