Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 23, 2015
Barbecue, Bourbon Street and the Blues—we’ve covered Louisiana, right? Wade a little deeper into the Bayou, though, and you just might wander into something very Southern and very surreal, as in, the Surreal Salon, which just exulted its seventh salute of all permutations pop and lowbrow. What started out as one night featuring local artists has grown into a festival offering the region’s hospitality to art lovers of every age and background. This year, interactive was more than an adjective, as attendees played in the funhouse installation by artist collective Elevator Projects. The puppets of Quintron and Miss Pussycat cavorted amidst the electronic music of RAV3N, and of course, everyone was in costume, and hurray for homemade!
Photography // Tuesday, March 04, 2014
One piece of New Orleans history that is often overlooked is the photographs taken by E. J. Bellocq of the “ladies of the night”in the New Orleans brothel neighborhood of Storyville at the turn of the century (approx. 1895-1910). His intimate and whimsical portraits of Storyville draw the viewer in to a way of life that has since become much more under the radar.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 19, 2013
In the August issue, we featured the fantastic abstract mural works of MOMO, and have long been fans of the NYC and New Orleans based artist. He just opened a solo show at May Gallery in New Orleans, and from what we have read, May is a " araw bunker-like space by the St Claude Rail Yard, perfect for oversized installations." And just so you don't start laughing, "Butt Joints describes the method of marrying plywood together that will help us build something large yet simple within May’s space..."
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Swoon has always been one of our favorite artists, especially when it comes to her public art projects and site-specific works, and now she needs your/our help. This is the lowdown: Two years ago New Orleans Airlift and the artist Swoon launched the Kickstarter campaign that funded The Music Box, their prototype for an ongoing musical architecture project they call Dithyrambalina. Now, with the Music Box closed, they want to evolve the project: what was once going to be a single musical house designed by Swoon and brought to life by collaborating artists has turned into an even bigger dream—an evolving musical village created by many, many more hands, ideas, and influences.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 28, 2013
Korean sculptor Do Ho Suh recently installed a 23-foot tower of piggy-backed men, each covering the eyes of the man below at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Entitled Karma, the sculpture is made from 98 cast stainless steel figures and appears to stretch infinitely into the sky.
Juxtapoz // Monday, November 14, 2011
We wrote earlier this year about Swoon's various projects in New Orleans, and Swoon and various collaborators debut the The Music Box on October 22nd to coincide with Prospect 2, New Orleans’ art biennale. The Music Box is an interactive installation of purpose-built shacks and miniature houses made out of New Orleans’ beautiful architectural details and plentiful salvaged materials; built into in each structure is an invented instrument created by a sound artist.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Back in 2005, Richard Misrach did a series of photographs in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast documenting decrepit homes and properties with spray painted messages along car doors and walls. Some of these photos are currently on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Juxtapoz // Friday, July 01, 2011
We have worked with Brooklyn-based Swoon before on our 10th year anniversary project in Detroit, and we are happy to hear from her now as she embarks on a new project in New Orleans. Swoon has re-imagined ?a permanent, interactive sculpture for the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. It will look like a house, but it will function like a musical instrument.
Juxtapoz // Monday, June 20, 2011
Brooklyn-based artist, Swoon, continues a fantastic run of site-specific installations, with her newest showing up in the atrium of the New Orleans Museum of Art. After a showstopping installation at MOCA's "Art In the Streets," she continues with Thalassa, named for and inspired by the Greek goddess of the sea.
Street Art // Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We recently wrote on the site about the public art project, "Before I Die," that installation artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang created in New Orleans. Now, our Helen Soteriou speaks with Chang about her public projects, and what is next.