Antiabecedarians

by Angeliska on January 9, 2009

I have a piece in an amazing show that opens on my birthday
in New Orleans- if it’s possible for you to attend, I would highly recommend it!
I feel honored to be invited to participate in this project-
I wish I could be there for the opening.. Ah, if only I had ein doppelgänger!
Here’s all the info:

Barrister’s Gallery Presents:
Antiabecedarians, a Show of Telekinesis Proxenators in Franca Langua

32 artists, curated by Myrtle von Damitz, lll

January 10, 2009, 6-9pm
Through February 8

www.barristersgallery.com
www.antiabecedarians.com

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — “Antiabecedarians” is a word from the
Anna Livia passage of Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.
Although Mr. Joyce’s precise intent as to the definition of “antiabecedarian” is debated,
we intend that Antiabecedarians imply those who are familiar with the rudiments
and rules enough to turn them on their heads.
“Telekinesis proxenators in franca langua”
may be translated roughly as
“frankly or obscurely, pimps (and/or procurers) of anomalous perturbation.”

This exhibition, a selection of work from 32 contemporary artists,
whose use of a singular New Orleans narrative sets them apart,
will be on display at Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St. Claude Ave, 504.525.2767)
from January 10th to February 8th, 2009.
A public opening party is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th (6pm to 9pm).

New Orleans has been an introverted bohemian draw for centuries,
but recent international attention to all aspects of the city’s cultural phenomenons
has delivered new energy and intensity to its visual arts community.
The art scene in New Orleans is at a turning point.
The world’s established contemporary art market is at a turning point.
What matters now is not so much the hedge-fund insurance value
but the source and originality of work, and that it has
a meaning beyond the pure numbers of the market.

A brighter light was thrown on New Orleanians with the Prospect 1 Biennial —
the success of which (in the eyes of many locals) was the willingness
of the contemporary artists involved to throw off an entrenched, stagnant
language towards a sympathetic response in favor of the peculiar
and oddly coherent mechanics indigenous to New Orleans.
Many dynamic new visual arts alliances have formed since Hurricane Katrina-
not just out of the intellectual petri dish of Barrister’s Gallery but as a response
to a wider desire of local artists to communicate with their friends and neighbors
and to broadcast their sensibilities to the rest of the world.
One such group alligned with Barrister’s Gallery
and the Antiabecedarians is the New Orleans Airlift
(www.neworleansairlift.org).

This show is not just a display of the works of transient personas,
this is a part of the new network of exchange between New Orleans and the rest of the world.
The artists in Antiabecedarians make their home in New Orleans or have strong ties to New Orleans-
they work not only to rebuild, hack apart and accurately construct
the glorious text of New Orleans from this vantage,
but to reach out to the newly converted.

Below are some highlights from the show,
from friends and beloveds:


From “Memorandum of Agreement.”
Delaney Martin


A detail from Cat’s Claw
by Myrtle von Damitz III


by Shannon Brinkman
(of Walt and I can’t tell who that lady is)


St. Agni
I painted this a while back and then hid her away.
Now she gets to come out and frolic with all my friends
on my whelping day! Her polka-dot goatie is thrilled to pieces!


“Rosacea Arch,” by Dana Sherwood


“Ivan’s Hands,” by Pandora Andrea Gastelum


St. Louis Cathedral inside an eggshell
Megan Lee-Hoelzle

In other exciting news, I have a piece of short fiction published
in the most recent TANK magazine- which also features
some great articles on a lot of the same dear New Orleans friends..
It feels good to kick off the new year with showing art and putting
my writing out there in a more formal way- here’s to more o’ that!

One last thing:
Mme. von Damitz shared with me this wonderful song,
a Slovak gem on wax cylinder from 1929
(found on Crashpop), called “Our Cat Wants to Get Married”.

The lyrics go like so:
Our cat wants to get married
Yesterday she promised it to her boyfriend
Hey cat, don’t do it!
Who will catch our mice?

Be careful little cat
When you get married you will be stupid
because your boyfriend doesn’t want to work
and you will become a beggar

Hey tomcat, you’ve got sharp claws
Don’t walk around our walls
You never do anything
Except date our white cat!

8 comments

I am going to love the nightmares I am now having tonight……

by Lara on January 9, 2009 at 1:51 am. #

You blog has inspired me so much. I just recently came across it.

Thank you!
-Christine

by Christine on January 9, 2009 at 10:56 am. #

your painting is gorgeous!!!!!!!…i did not know you painted! :) you are such an incredibly talented, creative person….everything you do is a work of an art!! congratulations on your show, i wish i could see the gallery! it looks like a show i would love to see!

by Heather Ortiz on January 9, 2009 at 6:36 pm. #

I had no idea you also painted!

Ok, you’re beautiful, creative beyond words and also paint fabulously.

My ego is pouting!

by Sue on January 9, 2009 at 7:39 pm. #

Could that lady in the bunny costume be Elyse Manning?

by COURTNEY on January 10, 2009 at 1:49 am. #

i have never seen your art prior to this but my you are quite talented. that show looks amazing, i favored most of those photos on flickr from their flickr account, so many talents. oh and once more, happy birthday! i hope you get some nice presents.

by katja on January 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm. #

I love St Agni! She is amazing!!! Hope you enjoyed breakfast…..:) love, p

by Patience Meliora on January 11, 2009 at 11:48 am. #

photos of the party! photos of the party! photos of the party! photos of the party!

by verhext on January 12, 2009 at 10:46 am. #

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