Prospect 1 New Orleans: Photo Essay Part 2

by Art Fag City on December 26, 2008 · 5 comments Events

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Tatsuo Miyajima, Pile Up Life (2008), Installation view, Charles J. Colton School
Prospect.1 New Orleans

I wasn’t able to take pictures in the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center which limits my reporting but then so do holiday obligations.  The second part of my Prospect 1 New Orleans Biennial photo essay to follow with brief commentary.

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Srdjan Loncar, Value, Installation view, Old U.S. Mint

I’m not a fan of money art, particularly in the form of piles, but I suppose if it’s got to go somewhere, the U.S. Mint isn’t a bad place for it.

More photos after the jump.

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Adam Cvijanovic, The Bayou (2008), Installation view, Tekrema Center, Lower 9th Ward, Prospect.1 New Orleans

Adam Cvijanovic’s work is growing on me, though I’m still not entirely sold.  The painted walls are drawn from photographs taken on a boat trip in New Orleans, and as I see it are about creating an immersive environment.  They succeed in this way, but I still wish for a little more punch from the painting handling.

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 Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled, (From the Common Ground Series), Print on Crystal Archive Paper

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Fred Tomaselli, Installation view, US Mint

You can actually see the pills embedded in these trees.  The work is impressive without coming off as gimmicky.
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Beatriz Milhazes, Untitled (2008), Installation view, Old US Mint
Prospect.1 New Orleans

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Jose Damasceno, Tabula Rasa (2008), Installation view, Charles J. Colton School
Prospect.1 New Orleans

The above photograph doesn’t document visitors commentary made with the chalk pictured on an adjacent chalk board.  “This sucks” or similar sentiments seemed to be pretty popular, but contrary to the peanut gallery I rather liked the piece.   Not for any grand intellectual reason; I simply thought the form was elegant and played well against the grid of the window.

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Sanford Biggers, Blossom, 2007

The player piano in Blossom plays Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, a song condemning racism and in particular the lynching of African Americans.  The piece is incredibly moving.

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Anne Deleporte, Installation view, Old U.S. Mint Prospect.1 New Orleans

Artist Anne Deleporte covered the walls of the U.S. Mint with newspapers and magazines, and then painting around selected illustrations.  Another very simple, but effective piece in the Biennial.

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