The Oblivion Atlas: Louviere + Vanessa and Michael Allen Zell
Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography
Author, Curator: D. Eric Bookhardt, Foreword by Russel Lord
Saturday, December 14
8:00 – 10:00 pm
In celebration with the city's Photo NOLA A Gallery for Fine Photography will host a book signing. Two texts will be offered the evening of Saturday, December 14:The Oblivion Atlas and Inventing Reality.
The Oblivion Atlasis a collaboration between Louviere and Vanessa (L + V) and Michael Allen Zell, features a full color design by Louviere + Vanessa with vignette illustrations for the seven short stories by Michael Allen Zell.The Oblivion Atlasbegins with the simple idea that "motion must be frozen before being recreated as motion." The multi-medium artwork of L + V is set in motion as influence and inspiration for short stories by Michael Allen Zell, and L + V in turn have created new work to serve as backdrop and counterpoint to the stories. The text explores and accumulates an aviary of themes, including dreams; time-sculpting; memory; madness; resistance; nihilism; the frequencies and trajectories of the mind; absorbing/dissolving; and infinity in a finite space; none of this with cognitive delicacy but rather by nimbly moving through the tension with a sprung step that rumbles as necessary.
Inventing Reality: New Orleans Visionary Photography is an anthology highlighting the work of twenty-seven contemporary New Orleans photographers. The collection, curated by D. Eric Bookhardt, presents a vision that is both subjective and representative of a broad spectrum of techniques, providing an overview into the creative renaissance that is taking place in the city today. "In photography, this city and the surrounding region have long been a spawning grounds for visionary or magic realist imagery dating to Clarence John Laughlin's surrealist works of the 1930s," writes Bookhardt. "Today a coterie of younger emerging artists, often reflecting alternative socio-cultural milieus, have - in concert with their more established peers - expanded this visionary vocabulary." Bookhardt's insightful essay details the rich history of photographic arts in New Orleans, and his individual introductions to each photographer's series provide context for the works of 2013 Guggenheim Fellow Deborah Luster, David Halliday, Josephine Sacabo, and Louviere+Vanessa, among other established and emerging artists. The array of photographic practices used by the artists ranges from wet-plate collodions, orotones, photogravures, x-rays, and silver gelatins, to modern digital processes. The resulting anthology is a lyrical insight into personal visions, dazzling in their variety of approaches. As Russell Lord notes in the book's foreword: "It is a story about identity, tension, perception and the psychic mystery of photography in New Orleans."
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