group show: treme

I am a big fan of the public library system in general, but of the Halifax Public Library system specifically. You can read, listen, and watch just about anything, on any subject. But damn them for having such awesome stuff available that it forces my middle of the winter to-do task list down to make room for the following item line: “spend the entire weekend binge watching the HBO Series Treme“. Sure Season One was only ten episodes but heck ,that was ten hours of other tasks that went straight out the window (nevermind the other hour I spent googling cultural references and names used in the series.) So dear blog readers, because I have Treme {and Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans, and jazz, and first lines…} on the brain, I pulled together a group show of art referencing the heartbreaking event of Hurricane Katrina.

I love this collection of artworks. Each piece is a great stand alone ‘take’ on an aspect of Hurricane Katrina, but together they really show the jumble of feelings: worry, fear, anguish, frustration, dependence, anger, hope, love… I also love how those feelings are conveyed through such diverse media, some artworks even containing physical remnants found after the disaster. Poignant.

RollandGolden2 RollandGolden SallyHeller-Scraphouse

David Bates TonyFitzpatrick  Swoon-Thalassa2 BenjaminJones-Evacuees BenjaminJones-Katrina  DawnDeDeaux-WaterMarkers2 JanaNapoli-Floodwall VictoNgai StanStrembicki-MemoryLoss

{Rolland Golden, title unknown; Rolland Golden, title unknown; Sally Heller, Scraphouse; David Bates, title unknown; Tony Fitzpatrick, Oh Black Water; Swoon, Thalassa; Benjamin Jones, Evacuees; Benjamin Jones, Katrina; Dawn DeDeaux, Water Markers; Jana Napoli, Floodwall; Victo Ngai, title unknown; Stan Strembickie, from project Memory Loss}

Be sure to check out this short video of Swoon installing Thalassa.

If you haven’t watched Treme yet, here is a trailer for Season One.

group show: tattoos

I once dated a guy who had a Yosemite Sam tattoo. It ended shortly after he got it.

I think we can all agree that there are some really REALLY terrible tattoos permanently inked on human skin. Now, we may not all agree, but I think that there are some really REALLY gorgeous tattoos gracing some gorgeous persons out there. And in between there is a whole lot of onlyokness. I think we might all be able to agree that this group show of tattooed persons is downright lovely.

  PhilipMunoz IranaDouer SergioLopezCurtHoppe-ArturoVega RachelCassidyYates RachelGannon-TattooMan

EmilyWinfieldMartin

NormaToraya ValentinaFelce_BlueRaspberryDesigns-VanGoghwithStarryNightSleeveMariaHerreros AhXian StasiaBurrington MonicaRamos-Breakfast

 {top to bottom, left to right: Philip Munoz, title unknown; Irana Douer, title unknown; Sergio Lopez, Tuscany Superb; Curt Hoppe, Arturo Vega; Rachel Cassidy Yates, title unknown; Rachel Gannon, Tattoo Man; Emily Winfield Martin, title unknown; Norma Toraya, title unknown; Valentina Felce / Blue Raspberry Designs, VanGogh with Starry Night Sleeve; Maria Herreros, title unknown; Ah Xian, title unknown; Stasia Burrington, title unknown; Monica Ramos, Breakfast}