31 May 2009

Joe Iurato Show

Rex and :01 (Joe Iurato)Rex and Joe Iurato

Last weekend, I had the chance to head up to Montclair, Jersey to meet Joe Iurato and check out his artwork. I found it an awesome collection of stencil work that had some amazing detail. In a field that is becoming more popular, Joe is indeed someone who could rapidly be an essential part of the stencil world.

It took a bit of adventure (and a little misadventure) for me and my two other Musketeers Sarah and Allison, but after a long cab ride after the train ride, we finally found it. Good times. For more art information on Joe without having to go on an adventure, check out THIS SITE after enjoying the pics.

Joe Iurato

Joe Iurato Show

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Joe Iurato Show

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25 May 2009

Wounded in Action: An Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements in Art

Wounded in Action: An Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements in Art celebrates those heroes who have had orthopaedic injuries as a result of serving our country in war. From World War II to Korea to Viet Nam, from the Gulf War, to Afghanistan to Iraq, thousands of military troops serving the United States have had extreme and severe musculoskeletal injuries.

This exhibition also recognizes those orthopaedic surgeons who, throughout history, have risked their own safety to care for our troops, to save lives and limbs, to advance medical treatments, and to conduct research and learn from war in order to better treat those who sustain orthopaedic trauma.

Wartime experiences have changed the course of orthopaedics. The sheer numbers of the wounded; the opportunities to attempt bold new surgical treatments, the creation of hand, burn and amputation centers, fracture care, the use of new drugs and biologics, and the tremendous need for rehabilitation has challenged every medical professional, but particularly orthopaedic trauma surgeons.

As US military initiatives continue overseas, approximately 82% of war injuries involve the extremities. These injuries are often multiple and severe with the majority caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), as well as various high velocity assault weapons.

Given the current conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a growing demand for increased medical research focused on veterans with multiple severely injured extremities. Now, more than ever, the medical and military communities need the ability to research innovative techniques to restore functionality to save injured extremities.

American troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are more likely to recover than those from any other war. Modern medical care can save troops whose injuries would have been fatal in previous wars.

The art in this exhibition will reflect what has been learned in trauma care throughout history that affects how trauma patients are treated today and the impact war injuries have on the lives of those injured, their families, and the doctors who treat them.

This Exhibition is a tribute to injured troops, civilians, and the orthopaedic surgeons who are caring and have cared for them as they served and/or serve our country in time of crisis.

Submissions will be accepted beginning May 15, 2009, and due October 15, 2009.

For more information, visit: WOUNDED IN ACTION

22 May 2009

Joe Iurato - Solo Show at Cafe Eclectic

Rex is excited to be able to get out of town and visit some of the folks who have supported NoLA Rising in the past. So, this Saturday night, Rex will bear royal greetings to :01

If you're in the area, come check out the show!

This Saturday, May 23rd, Joe Iurato presents his solo show at Cafe Eclectic between 5 & 9 p.m.

Joe Iurato
Solo Show



25% of all proceeds to go to Wine for Water non profit org

16 May 2009

Save Our Schools NoLA Inaugural Shindig

After stopping by the Kelly Israel Art House Benefit at the NooMoon Compound, c'mon past the Save Our Schools NoLA shindig and enjoy some music and entertainment. After both, there will be an after party at the SKULL CLUB.


Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM (CT)

Federal Reserve Bank Ballroom
(The Security Center)
147 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

For more info, CLICK HERE

10 May 2009

NoLA Rising plans a New Orleans mural

A group of New Orleans art activists hopes to produce the nation's longest mural on a length of floodwall in the Lower 9th Ward.

The painting would stretch along the east side of the Industrial Canal from North Derbigny Street to Florida Avenue, bordering a neighborhood that suffered apocalyptic flooding when the wall gave way after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The plan: 65 artists would divide the concrete ribbon, each rendering a version of a New Orleans home, symbolically rebuilding a part of the city that is still largely empty. At 3,900 feet, the mural would outdistance the somewhat similar 2,754-foot Great Wall of Los Angeles.

All the mural-makers need is permission and money.

One of the goals, art activist Michael "Rex" Dingler said, is to improve the quality of life by discouraging graffiti.

"This is not going to be a graffiti wall, in no shape or form, " Dingler said. "There will be no graffiti style."

Dingler, a maritime shipping agent and former Marine, is an unlikely Crescent City counterculture icon. In the months after Katrina, he took it upon himself to replace lost street signs with colorful substitutes fashioned from storm debris. He and friends branched out, creating folksy wooden signs that read "smile, " "laugh, " "joy, " "sing, " "dance, " "keep the faith."

He called his self-styled public art project NoLA Rising.

Not everyone appreciated Dingler's street-level cheerleading. Anti-graffiti patrols painted over his placards and eventually he was fined $200 for illegally placing signs on telephone poles. Though Dingler says he's never taken to the streets with spray paint, he soon found himself a cause celebre among the city's pro-graffiti faction.

Instead of illegally posting artworks, Dingler began hosting paint parties where anyone could make NoLA Rising-style signs. Now he hopes to make the leap from small signs to one of the world's largest artworks.

He and a handful of friends have begun transforming NoLA Rising into an official public institution, forming a board of directors and applying for nonprofit, tax-exempt status so they can raise money for the mural they've dubbed the United Artist Front.

In April, the group auctioned 165 pieces of donated art (including works by notable graffiti artists) at the Old U.S. Mint, raising roughly $8,000 for the mural.

Next, Dingler says that NoLA Rising will seek the go-ahead from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Orleans City Council. NoLA Rising will select the artists but, he said, area residents may have a role in dictating the style and content of the painting.

Darlene Mosley, a lifelong resident whose home was flooded and who recently moved into one of Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" houses, has a view of the wall from her porch. Like others in the neighborhood, she offered guarded approval, so long as the mural doesn't depict anything "nasty, " as she put it.

"It would be nice to look at something different, " Mosley said. "There's nothing to look at over there now . . . the bridge and traffic and boats that pass by, that's it."

Jane Golden, executive director of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, has overseen the creation of the 3,000 gigantic paintings that speckle that cityscape. Murals can be a social and economic boon, she said, adding that start-up projects should "be cognizant of capturing the voice of the community. . . . If you start with something great, it will lead to other projects."

Golden said that in the early days of the Philadelphia mural project, spray paint was not allowed, though many of the artists were one-time taggers.

Dingler said he accepts graffiti-style painting as a valid art form but he doubts spray painting will play a part in the mural, which he hopes will deter taggers.

Others, such as West Coast anti-graffiti crusader Randy Campbell, say graffiti artists will not avoid another artist's work.

"In the case of the murals in Los Angeles, many were artistic murals and had nothing to do with graffiti, and these got vandalized by taggers more than the graffiti-style murals did, " Campbell said via e-mail. "Vandals do not respect any property."

Dingler argues that a legitimate mural program might help break the tit-for-tat struggle that's taking place in New Orleans, in which graffiti tags are covered in gray paint by anti-graffiti activists.

If things work out as he hopes, the three-quarter-mile mural might lead to similar painting projects on other walls that ring the flood-prone city.

"We want a whole program for the whole city, " Dingler said, "given that we are a city of walls."

Except pulled from Nola.com and can be found at this LINK

07 May 2009

New Website Launch - NOLA RISING . ORG

Howdy Everyone!

NoLA Rising is proud to announce the launch of its new (& official) website created and designed exclusively by Lance @ HOUNDSTOOTH MEDIA:


While the blog will still be a functional aspect of everyday news-sharing, the website will be the official page. Stay tuned for a bold new look on the blog as we update away on both sites.

We couldn't have made the website a reality without the technical genius of Lance Vargas at Houndstooth Media...check him out and get yourself a site...

And, as always, thanks for supporting NoLA Rising!

06 May 2009

Students of NoLA Rising present Swamp Swap at Tulane University

Moving out? Got stuff to get rid of? Wanna exchange your trash for treasures?

On Thursday, May 7th from 2-4:30pm, Students of NoLA Rising will be hosting Swamp Swap on Tulane University's UC Quad (McAlister Dr.).

The Swamp Swap is a community bartering event in which people can come and exchange anything: from goods like clothes, furniture, books, art, and food to services like tutoring, music lessons, and bike repair...even ideas!

Get creative! Anything can be brought and exchanged; the only catch is: NO MONEY!

This event is completely free and open to the community. (And if you can’t make it, don’t worry. There will be more Swamp Swaps to come...)

...Because community matters!!!