Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Orleans Art Insider: LaPopSexTVArtShow at Barrister's

Sunday, May 26, 2013
LaPopSexTVArtShow at Barrister's

Got Cha Beau Tardy artist
Got Cha by Beau Tardy.
The Claude Arts District is often considered a post-Katrina phenomenon--and it mostly is--but this show illustrates how deep the experimental Marigny-Bywater art scene's roots really are. Curated by Beau Tardy and Michael Fedor, themselves veterans of Fedor's former (1987--1990) Marigny-based Galerie Avant Gout, it also includes works by Patti D'Amico and William Warren whose Waiting Room Gallery in Bywater was active from 1997 to 2008. Both spaces catered to emerging artists, a tone that
continues in this show. Tardy, who worked for MTV in New York for years, was inspired by mass media's fixation on erotic titillation as seen in GotCha, (left) a manipulated image of a babe in a vortex of flashy graphics like those TV ads that somehow inspire salacious thoughts based on nothing more than subliminal suggestion. The paintings by French counterpart Louis Jean Gorry are far more graphic, but his style is as raw as scrawled subway station graffiti. Somehow slick is more insidious. But fellow Frenchie Cyr Boitard, (left) takes a more romantic turn in his Proustian evocation of the soft porn of the past in images like an updated Toulouse Lautrec hashish fantasy.

Michael Fedor's intricately surreal collages such as Goliath, suggest something an absinthe-inspired French Quarter Max Ernst might have created in a dark corner of the Napoleon House in the lost days of yore, a sensibility complemented by Patti D'Amico's mystically tinged canvas The Medium, among others. In 2008, she and partner Warren moved to Water Valley, MS, where the omnipresent kudzu inspired him to paint humanoid vine critters like Kudzu Blues Man, a wavy gravy exercise in animist pointillism in the form of a vinous Delta musician. Throw in Margaret Meinzer's adjacent expo of pop-expressionist dreamscapes like A Small Boat at Sea and it's a weirdly wonderful show in the grand St. Claude tradition of ad hoc epiphanies by artists with eternally youthful attitudes--a sensibility that resonates neatly with French digital artist Nicolas Sassoon's Green Waves, a vast surround-sound and light environment of choreographed pixels in motion at the May Gallery in Bywater, and Irish artist Jane Cassidy's electronic music-video composition at Parse. Both of these sublimely ethereal shows at two of the newer art spaces in town extend a long local tradition of experimental art in unlikely places. ~D. Eric Bookhardt


LaPopSexTVArtShow: Group Exhibition Curated by Beau Tardy and Michael Fedor, through June 1, Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave, 710-4506


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

La Pop Sex TV Art Show at Barrister's Gallery. New Orleans. May 1 to June 1, 2013.

Tagged wall by Beau Tardy
"Tagged" by Beau Ledoux Tardy.
Tagged Wall installation by Beau Tardy at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans. Series of 12 panels of high resolution 5 color HP z-6100 thermal laminated and mounted digital prints. Digitally painted featuring actress Ashley Greene. Each panel $200, signed and certified.
Beau Tardy, Cyr Boitard, Louis-Jean Gorry, Mara Marich and Sebastien Birchler.

LaPopSexTVArtShow. Barrister's Gallery, New Orleans. Saturday, May 11 until June 1.

LaPopSexTVArtShow, the premiere, is a group exhibition by international media artists, Beau Ledoux Tardy, Mara Marich, Cyr Boitard, Louis Jean Gorry and Sebastien Birchler, opening on May 11 and running until June 1. The opening reception will take place at Barrister's Gallery in New Orleans, May 11 starting at 6pm.

Surveying the pop culture landscape from a privileged vantage point as international media professionals, the group presents never before seen work that bridges the gap between analog and digital, old world and new world.

From Emmy-nominated MTV writer and producer, Mara Marich, to award-winning motion designer and editor, Beau Tardy, French advertising film director Louis Jean Gorry and film set designer Sebastien Birchler, LaPop artists reconfigure mass media and Pop Culture into art, utilizing paint, pixels, video, mixed media, collage, sound and installations.

For the new Pop Culture Artist, everything is fair game. They sample from all existing media and cultures: internet, TV, movies, books, cartoons, music, games, fashion and advertising. Sampling is the new creative paradigm by which these artists reconfigure the recorded past and create the present.

In today's Electronic Culture, everything is accessible through one big wired global central nervous system of which we are all a part. Everyone is an artist and Pop Culture is the culture. Faced with cultural chaos and hysteria, LaPop artists remote-view the future and provide clues on how to successfully navigate from old to new.

LaPopSexTVArtShow is an exciting immersive art event designed to provoke and excite.

For all media inquiries contact 917-407-3319.

La Pop Sex Tv Art Show by Beau Tardy