Shawn says Baechler is one of his all time favorite painters— he loves the way he builds textures and layers in the background with a somewhat simple drawing on top. This image in particular stood out because of the narrative that came from the character.
Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio and Park(ing) Day chose De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop’s “Rickhouse Speakeasy”.
We stuck with a local theme for the show this week— featuring lots of music from the 90’s in Louisville.
Patrick explained his thinking when selecting the piece and well as the first song, “I heard Slint’s album Spiderland when I was attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1991. That album, and particularly “Good Morning Captain,” had a transformative effect on my appreciation of music.
I began to explore other Louisville bands like Squirrel Bait, Metroschifter, Kinghorse, and Rodan to name a few. I knew then that there had to be something special going on in Louisville to foster such a creative music scene, one that was shaping a whole new sound.
When I graduated from college in 1997 my early love of the Louisville music scene was one of the main things that brought me here. Once here I was exposed to a whole new crop of great local bands like Engine, South Bound, and Shipping News. I also began to get a sense that the earlier Louisville bands had a local following, but compared to their national impact and influence, were relatively an unknown in Louisville. To me that theme seemed to persist across many of the creative fields where there didn’t seem to be strong community support and appreciation for local talent. It seemed almost ingrained in the psychy of the city that they do it better other places, particularly costal cities.
Fastforward to today, I feel like the apathy for local talent has done a 180. There is so much pride and appreciation for all things Louisville and incredible advocacy groups like the Louisville Visual Art Association supporting local talent and foster the next generation. Our community still has work to do in regard to recognizing that our creative citizens are amazing and can do the groundbreaking work and thinking that is often exported to outsiders, but we are miles ahead of where we were when I moved here.
Choosing a piece of art that represents my theme of supporting and celebrating our local talent, both past and present, was extremely difficult because there are so many incredible artists in the community. But instead of punting on this I decided to choose De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop’s public art piece entitled “Rickhouse Speakeasy,” in part because it is a part of this year and last year’s PARK(ING) Day events, but also because it is such a wonderful example of Louisville’s local creative talent that is again shaping the face of art and architecture.”
“I saw this piece in person and until this day it has been the SINGLE piece that I have awed over the most by viewing it in person. It floored me when I saw it in Madrid at the Museo del Prado, I was almost brought to tears. It is not often, or ever that I feel personal with a piece of art, as if I lived in that time before and had some relationship with the artist or influenced the piece. Like my work it deals with the nude, the sexual, the naive AND also the aggressive, the male and female interaction. From creation on your left (the peaceful, serene, comfortable; adam and eve) to the middle present earth with temptations and curiosity to the far right panel where damnation sets in with realization and turmoil. Every panel has multiple scenes to interpret. I love chaos in art. I love tiny details that you have to dig to find. I love a lot going on in a little space . “