28 August 2009

Silent Dynamism - Works by Karina Wisniewska


Paintings by Karina Wisniewska

Please join us for a reception with the artist

Saturday, August 29, 6 - 8 pm

"Can stillness be moving? Doesn't stillness just remain still? Restful and at rest. The companions of silence are immutability, the eternal, the echoless. But even if silence is in motion, as in the pictures of Karina Wisniewska, order never runs out of control. When the body of silence flows, its tissue stretches and breathes; as its structure calls forth a resonance, it can sound a hum. Like cells of a honeycomb. Like the wind when it strokes the beach and the sand corrugates, these panels conquer space and form a body of work obeying its own laws in an equilibrium of stillness and movement."

Karina Wisniewska was formally trained in both classical music, as well as fine arts in Austria and Switzerland. After an ill-fated accident ended her career as an established concert pianist, Wisniewska turned to painting with quartz sand as a means for the visual expression of rhythm and musicality.

Wisniewska's work can be found in the UBS collection in Zurich, Switzerland, the Musee Abbatiale de Payerne, Switzerland and in numerous established private collections. The paintings have also been presented at Art Basel Miami, Art Cologne, ArteFiera Bologna, Scope New York, Art Dubai and Art Shanghai among others.

Karina Wisniewska's paintings will be on display
from August 29 - October 2, 2009

Octavia Art Gallery is located at 4532 Magazine Street. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm or by appointment. For more information, contact 504-309-4249, art@octaviaartgallery.com or visit www.octaviaartgallery.com

26 August 2009


When I first met MARRUS, I came to the startling conclusion that I was not meeting an ordinary woman. An amazing talent in most every avenue that I've been able to determine, MARRUS wows me with her first book. It's not just an art book, but a book about the journey from point A to point F'n A. It's about forging your path through the journey of life and being a success at it, being happy with it and loving the nuances that made the journey what it was.

This Thursday night at PRAVDA in the French Quarter...details below...


"Lightsurfing: Living Life in the Front of My Mouth" is an anecdotal, illustrated, autobiographical journey of what it takes to carve your own path in the world, make a living at it, and all the wild, weird, and whack things that happen as a result.

"Lightsurfing" is 186, full-color, 7x10" pages full of paintings & the nascent sketches that inspired them. There are skinned deer and burned out buildings. There are some felonies, but the statute of limitations has run out, so the guilty are safe. There's sex & some kinky stuff, and hefty chunks of wisdom that Marrus hopes will inspire her tribe and mebbe stop some of the younger ones from making the dumb, fear-based mistakes she made.

Miz invited you to "LIGHTSURFING" on Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm.

Event: My book is finally available!
"Come out, get a drink, buy a book, watch me freak out..."
What: Opening / Booksigning
Host: Miz Marrus
Start Time: Thursday, August 27 at 7:30pm
End Time: Thursday, August 27 at 11:00pm
Where: Pravda on Decatur in the French Quarter

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

12 August 2009

AMMO presents work by LOREN SCHWERD

The directors of AMMO are pleased to present an exhibition of works by Loren Schwerd, from her acclaimed series of hair sculptures, “Mourning

Portrait”. The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 15, with an opening reception from 6 -9pm, and will be on view at AMMO, located at 938 Royal

Street in the French Quarter, through September 16, 2009.

“Mourning Portrait” is a series of memorials to the communities of New Orleans that were devastated by the federal levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina. The sculptures are made of human and synthetic hair extensions and wigs that were discarded outside the St Claude Beauty Supply in the fall of 2005. The sculptures interpret many of the abandoned homes of the Ninth Ward.

Schwerd draws on the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tradition of hairwork, in which family members or artisans would fashion the hair of the deceased into intricate jewelry and sentimental objects and memento mori. Hair serves as the essential metaphor of this exhibit, by evoking a sense of profound intimacy and absence.

Her sculptures portay individual residences, many of which are no longer standing. Collectively, Mourning Portrait venerates the less of entire neighborhoods and communities. Schwerd’s “Mourning Portrait” series was featured on the cover of the November 2008 FiberArts Magazine, and has toured extensively in the United States.