29 November 2008

Day Two - Over 24 Hours of Paint Time to Prep for the Opening | Endless Love Crew - Robots Will Kill - NoLA Rising

Can I take a Break now?

By the time I got into the space on Thursday, I had just over 24 hours to finish making the space mine. So I did what any decently insane artist would do...put on music and started tuning out people, eating only when food happened to show up, and avoided meaningful banter. In the end, the show was ready with me finishing the walls about an hour before the doors opened...

Endless Love CrewEndless Love Crew

Robots Will KillRobots Will Kill

Rex Standing infront of his creation

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28 November 2008

First Night in NYC Preparing for the NoLA Rising Festival | Photos by Nick Gaswirth


Howdy Folks!

It's been awhile since there's been an update, but as you can imagine, I've needed a little decompression time. I've spent that time organizing over 800 photos, shipping artwork, making phone calls and all the usual post-show craziness. So, to update everyone who would have liked to come up to New York for the NoLA Rising Festival, I'm going to do an event by event post.

Upon landing in New York, I took a taxi direct to IRT where the event was to be held by Slightly Askew for NoLA Rising. Five models awaited my arrival to be painted. I was going with the New Orleans cemetery theme/with Dia de La Muertos faces (as a tribute to our friend Mardi Claw). Everything was going smoothly except that the paint wasn't drying in a manner I was accustomed to. Considering it might be a difference of humidity, I painted on. However, much to our dismay after the photo shoot, Christin came in slightly panicky {approximately 2 a.m.} and announced, "the paint is NOT coming off!"

At that point, I stopped trusting that the base coat had been a latex primer, looked across the room and saw that was indeed not. INDEED not. As I read the words "High Epoxy Medium Enamel", I knew the models were screwed. A few days later, all the paint was off with minimal rashes and I learned a valuable lesson. Had I double checked what paint I had requested, all would be well. Unfortunately the hardware store where the paint was bought decided to rip off the girl who bought it seeing that she didn't know the difference of the paints.

The following photos were taken for NoLA Rising archive purposes, but professional prints of the shoot can be found by photographer Nick Gaswirth. ::: To SEE the photos that Nick Selected, GO HERE

First Night of the NoLA Rising Festival

First Night of the NoLA Rising Festival

First Night of the NoLA Rising Festival

First Night of the NoLA Rising Festival

NoLA Rising NYC

27 November 2008

CANO has an art-filled Thanksgiving weekend

CANO - Creative Alliance of New Orleans

Studio at Colton to host local arts-themed Thanksgiving weekend


The Studio at Colton School invites our New Orleans neighbors, visitors, families and friends to join us for a Thanksgiving weekend experience like none other filled with local arts and culture. Diverge from the beaten path of mainstream movies and malls in favor of a one of a kind post-Turkey Day weekend at the Studio at Colton School, where 100,000 square feet of work spaces, exhibitions, workshops and classrooms converted to screening rooms will be open all weekend from noon until 8:00 p.m.

A film-festival exclusively featuring the work of Colton resident filmmakers including Court 13, New Orleans Video Access Center, Film Charitable Network and 2 Cent Entertainment will run on both Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. in room 318. Stray from the traditional holiday weekend path of the high-budget blockbuster packed theater experience in favor of the local, independent film industry. (See below for a list of films to be shown.)

Fueled by bountiful Thanksgiving dinner and dessert local kids are sure to have energy to burn. They'll love any and all of the unique children's events at The Studio at Colton School this weekend including a special production of "Blues for Kids," with Clifford McPeak of Good Children Gallery and the exciting opportunity to see artists at work in classroom studio spaces throughout the school. NOLA Project and Alex Martinez Wallace will also offer the once in a lifetime Superhero Enterprise Workshop for kids who want channel their inner super hero through a rigorous imagination operation while developing confidence and teamwork skills.

Black Forest Fancies Laboratories will also present a unique puppetry theater experience featuring the drama of string-controlled creatures in "The Tragical Ballad of Black Bonnet," a story of romance between locally hand-crafted marionettes.

All events except the Superhero Enterprise Workshop, ($5.00 per child) are free.

Saturday + Sunday November 29th + 30th, 2008

Studio at Colton School
2300 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, La. 70117
Building open from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Weekend Mini Film Festival
Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Room 318

Court 13 presents:
* Glory at Sea
* Death to the Tinman

*(Part of the set of Glory at Sea, a myth entrenched car that was once a boat, has been reconstructed and is on display in the gallery on the Spain Street side of the ground floor.)

NOVAC presents:
* A Loud Color
* Scenic Highway

Film Charitable Network presents:
* Talkin' Water

2 Cent Entertainment presents:
* New Orleans for Sale
* Operation Education
* Hip-Hop Mirrors

Blues for Kids with Clifford McPeak
Saturday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Red Ball Room (ground floor, Mandeville St. side)

Superhero Enterprise Workshop
Sunday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Red Ball Room (ground floor, Mandeville St. side)
*$5.00 per child (ages 5-12 recommended – younger and older welcome)

The Tragical Ballad of Black Bonnet: Puppetry Theater by Black Forest Fancies Laboratories
Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
Room 213


The Studio at Colton School is designed to be a facility that will provide working and exhibition opportunities to artists and students in order to advance their career, education and marketing opportunities and thus contributing to the economic development of the creative sector of our community. One of this year's most exciting and important community projects, The Studio features 78 local artists, designers, arts organizations, performers, film makers, builders and culinary artists who have signed contracts to utilize free studio and exhibition space granted by CANO in the 100,000 square foot Studio at Colton school.

14 November 2008

NoLA Rising NYC | Slightly Askew | Ad Nauseum

NOLA Postcard

ReX of NoLA Rising arrives in New York next week for the NoLA Rising Festival. We don't have any trapeze artists lined up that I know of, but we have a full line-up of art lunacy. CHECK IT OUT HERE!

November 21 8pm Opening Event
This is the opening of the exhibit A Tag of Two Cities. Solo musicians James Subudhi, Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening) and the fabulous funk reggae band Suspicious Brown will share the stage with world renowned spoken word poets Eboni Hogan and Caitlin Meissner. Meet the artists, drink, view Michael Almereyda's new film, and make a shirt with fashion designer David Withrow and graphic artist Maranda Barskey.

November 22nd – 24 Hours of ART!

9-10:30am FREE! Yoga with Elizabeth Barnett. Come salute the opening of 24 hours of ART! with this free yoga class.

12 – 1:30pm Java Jazz. FREE! An event for all ages, come enjoy jazz, coffee, bakery, and explore the exhibit. Mike "Rex" Dingler of NoLA Rising will have wood, paint and supplies set up for you to make a piece of art for the people and students in New Orleans who are still trying to return to their homes after Katrina.

3pm – 5pm Screening of Wade in the Water. This documentary was made by students in the first school to open in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Produced and directed by Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum, the children of New Orleans' violent Central City neighborhood create riveting and remarkably honest portraits of a New Orleans that was a disaster long before Katrina, a New Orleans that adults are slow to discuss and that the media could never penetrate, and that the flood has exacerbated. In addition there will be four award winning short stories and poems written by students in the Recovery School District Public Schools in New Orleans performed by NY artists and viewed by live webcam by the students in New Orleans. This project was commissioned by the Ogden Museum of Southern Folk Art in New Orleans, LA. $5 proceeds from this event go towards a literary publication of the student's work.

7:30 – 9pm Comedorleans Hosted by Lucas Kavner this event will be a fun mix of the best sketch comedy groups in the city. $10 admission also gets you into the WET! party

9pm – 3am WET! all night dance party Dress to get wet… whether that means your best galoshes and slickers, yellow polka dot bikini, goggles or the color BLUE we hope you'll join us for an all night bash featuring Pat O'Brian's famous Hurricane Cocktails, drink specials, N'awlins Burlesque dancers and a great mix of DJS including ITP's cassettenova, Black and White's DJ Theo "Action" Lorraine, Eyebeam's Dj "dubs", and bringin the house down with Eddie Mars and the Vietcong Disco. $10 plus one free drink

November 23rd 8am FREE Yoga with Elizabeth Barnett for those of you at the after party Liz will offer a great Restorative Yoga session…yeah….see you at the finish line.

November 23rd 5pm and 8pm Dramatic Double Feature. You have two chances to see this double feature. Part one is the four top short plays written by New Orleans high school students in the Recovery Public School District commissioned by the Ogden Museum of Southern Folkart and performed by NYC theater companies The Talking Band, NY-Neo Classical Ensemble, The Movement Theater Company, and IRT. The students will view the staged readings via live webcam down in New Orleans. The second feature is performance artist Jennifer Pagan's Shoebox Lounge an admired performance artist and activist in New Orleans, Pagan is bringing her catchy show which last appeared in NYC at UCB to IRT. Pagan is a teacher and administrator with Young Audiences. $10

November 24th
Michael "Rex" Dingler will do a workshop with Crown Heights First Achievement school second grade class. A class made up primarily of Afro-Caribbean students, many of whose families have been effected by recent hurricanes, they will partner with the NHP foundations Tanglewood Youth Center in New Orleans on a "Drawing" pal exchange.

November 25th
NoLA Rising and SLIGHLTYaskew go to Southstreet Youth Center in Jamaica Plains Boston, MA. NoLA Rising will join members of SLIGHTLYaskew who have been working with the youth community in JP for the past two years in an art therapy workshop surrounding a recent shooting and killing of several children in the community. The students will get to share their thoughts and feelings through art and make work both in response and for their community.

NOLA Postcard

NOLAPostcard Full

06 November 2008

NoLA Rising at Prospect Everyone

Prospect EveryOne - The New Orleans Opening for Prospect 1

On Thursday, October 30th, NoLA Rising joined the team of New Orleans all stars on Julia Street for the locals opening of Prospect One. NoLA Rising opted to provide the entertainment of an art jail where you could have your friends thrown in jail for a small fee. Once inside the jail you had to work hard labor making artwork until you could convince someone to come and bail you out. A good time was had by all...enjoy the pictures of our madness:

Jess & JennJess and Jen Patrol the streets

Avi Gets ArrestedImmunity for no one

Cause we roll like 5-0NoLA Rising

Max and RexI eat a lot of donuts to look this good

Our very first prisonerThe first prisoner of the evening

---And a very special thanks to everyone who helped make this night happen: Avi, Angela, Max, Mags, Travis, Jess, Denise, Varg, Jenn, Romy, & Alicia---