As a gallery director, hanging artwork can take hours at a time. Although, I have not personally tried these hangers yet, I am hoping an artist will bring them to me to make my job easier! Introducing Beehive Picture Hangers. They work like a saw tooth hanger, except with more hanging space. You mount the hanger to the back of your piece, and stick the nail through any of the holes. So if your nail is slightly too low or too high, instead of pulling out the nail, patching and painting and rehanging, you just adjust the hole the nail sits in. Just genius in my humble opinion.
Sarah Albritton's show Fishing for Angels opened June 20th at Gallery 203. Her work will be on display until August 5th, 2016. Below, Liz Zanca reveals her favorite works by Sarah.
"Growing up in the greater Philadelphia suburbs in 2001, I was first made aware of the attacks by my third grade teacher. I remember seeing the images in our tiny school library on live television. Students in this area where the first to leave school, parents calling them home out of fear; not knowing if an uncle, sister, cousin or brother had survived. My home is centered between each location of the attacks: three hours west to rural Shanksville, PA, northeast to New York and southwest to Washington D.C. In my third grade mind the airspace ahead was no longer safe. Though my family did not see any loss, the memories of the event still haunt me.
Thus, I am moved by Sarah Albritton’s diptych of the 9/11 attacks. The first piece, Twin Towers, God, depicts grass, trees, angels and a church residing among the buildings of New York. America was perceived to be running smoothly that morning, nothing was suspected. It was a sunny day after all. Her placement of the planes may suggest this is right before the event happened.
The second of the diptych, Twin Towers, Death and Hell illustrates the attacks: planes crashing, chaos of fire, police and ambulances underfoot. There are people on the ground, people falling out of windows, rescuers trying to reach the flames with hoses. Black smoke rises to the ends of the canvas. The scene seems to be a different angle than the last, a more up close view of the buildings, we only see four buildings in the background, and the church is missing. Contrasting with the first image, no grass appears in the work, in fact only a few tiny trees make it in the background. This work boldly proclaims the chaos, fear and uncertainty felt at the time through the use of color and strokes.
Although Sarah lived a world away from the sites of the event, she took on the task of depicting this shocking event. Her art speaks to the fear and worry in our nation’s history that is worth recording in paint. Her sense of bravery, honesty and bluntness contributes to making this diptych my favorite work by Sarah Albritton." --Liz Zanca, 2016
Hillary Savage's prints and drawings pull from her exposure to nature and interest in biology. Savage enjoys the intaglio process for the detail and precision it affords. In 2014, she was a resident at the Art Print Residence in Barcelona, Spain where she honed further her skill of the intaglio process. Savage has exhibited her work throughout the region participating in the National Juried Competition at the Southern Arkansas Art Center and Art Melt in Baton Rouge, as well as internationally in Sofia, Bulgaria and Barcelona Spain. Receiving her BFA in Studio Art and Art History minor from Louisiana Tech in 2014, she currently teaches Talented Visual Art in Caddo Parish. This summer Savage was awarded a competitive internship at Newgrounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Frame of Mind will feature prints and drawings by Hillary Savage through August 31st, 2016. For more information, visit Savage's website
Artist Joey Slaughter's paintings explore the idea of the invisible digital world around us by imagining it in full color. His abstract works are constructions of how he perceives conversations between individuals. His paintings through the use of bright and subtle colors explore the range in waves from analouge and digital conversations. Slaughter uses a variety of techniques such as vinyl cutters, laser and CNC routers in a meshing of machine and hand made pieces. He believes by combing tradition and non-traditional processes in his work, it mimics the spontaneity and precision that occurs in conversations.
Slaughter lives in Ruston and is Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University. He earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art in 1997. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. In 2012 he received the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Career Enhancement Grant. A few of his highlighted exhibitions include: Louisiana Biennial at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; Cue Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; Dirty South in Miami; Flotsam Sanctus at Capsule Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; and a recent sight specific installation titled Sympathetic Distraction Reaction at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA, as part of the Outside In exhibition. His work has been published twice in New American Paintings. Most recently Slaughter was recently commissioned by Warner Brothers Television to produce three works for the upcoming television series Queen Sugar. Later this Spring, he will be part of the group show Abstract Expressions at the Patrajdas Gallery in Salt Lake City from May 18-June 11 2016.
For more information about Joey Slaughter please visit his website.
Gallery 203 is thrilled to feature Emily Ezell's oil paintings and pastel drawings in Past Lives. Through these works, Emily Ezell seeks to emphasize the spontaneous choices that are made between the initial concepts of a pose to the final rendering. The ultimate goal of her work is to maintain the structural accuracy of initial sketch lines while fleshing out the psychology of the final rendering. Her figures are mostly passive, but through a vivid use of hyper-realistic color they compel the viewer to look deeper. These works allow her to indulge in her love of vibrant color and dynamic mark-making. Ezell received her BFA in Studio Art from Louisiana Tech University in 2008 and will pursue an MFA from the New York Academy of Art beginning in the fall of 2016.
The closing reception for Past Lives will be Friday, April 29th from 6 to 9 pm, artist Q&A 6:30.
Artist Robert Fogel is captivated by the strong lines, textures, and colors found in nature. Initially, Fogel began making metal sculptures to recreate his experiences in the Great Basin where, as a biology professor, he took many research trips. His work seeks to minimize the details of these places to allow the viewer to bring their own experiences and memories to the art. Fogel enjoys the challenge and freedom of working in metal, stating “I love its versatility and strength. It can be shaped in a variety of ways. It is strong and it can be textured and colored in numerous ways.” Though initially inspired by Utah’s landscape, moving to Louisiana exposed Fogel to streams, oxbow lakes and bayous. Equally captivated, he began his “Meander” series, which features tight, voluptuous curves and bends.
His latest show, Hidden Depths, will open Friday, February 26th from six to nine in the evening at Gallery 203. Attached to the Frame of Mind, this is the first artist Gallery 203 will feature since being purchased by Kit Gilbert and Robert Skipper. “The Frame of Mind and Gallery 203 have been completely made-over both in both appearance and intent. We are excited to bring local artists into the space to highlight the vast and diverse nature of our art community,” said gallery director, Marguerite Hogue.
Though Fogel lives, and makes, out of Haughton, LA, he has shown across the state and country. He has exhibited at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery in California as well as been featured in the Art Melt 2013, which is Louisiana’s largest juried art show. Fogel was a finalist at the Louisiana Contemporary 2015 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. His works have also been seen at Art with a Bayou View in Monroe in 2013. Some of his more recent exhibitions have been at the Norsworth Gallery and Marlene Yu Museum. We are excited to feature Robert Fogel at Gallery 203, which is located at 203 W. Alabama in Ruston, Louisiana inside the Frame of Mind.
Each month the Frame of Mind in conjunction with Gallery 203 will host a new featured artist.
Interested in becoming a featured artist? Great! Send an email of 4-5 images, a biography, artist statement and online presence (website, instagram, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org