Artist Patrick Donley was a member of Louisville’s Zephyr Gallery for most of its 25 year existence as a cooperative. He is known for his colorful abstract mixed media paintings as well as for his more recent wall mounted, found object sculptures. About his inspiration he says, “The music that I listen to for inspiration in the studio is really vast and varied, though lately (over the last couple of years) I have been listening to music with strong latin roots and New Orleans based music, both of which are immensely diverse as genres. “Tijuana Bass” by the Nortec Collective has elements of both musics, but with a “trance” like quality that takes me where my head needs to be when I work on these sculptures. These sculptures are based on bringing together various found objects with an emphasis on broken cellphones. I feel like this is in a way how the Collective create their works. Can we say symbiosis here?”
Patrick Donley will be this month’s artist for Food For Thought. Food For Thought will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2013, Noon-1:30pm at the Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road. $25 for LVAA members, $35 for non-members, price includes lunch, dessert, and beverage. Pre-paid reservations must be made by Friday, February 7. Please call 584-8166 x100 or send check to: Louisville Visual Art Association, 2nd Floor, Louisville, KY 40202. Walk-ins welcome after 12:30 (no lunch), $10.
This week Bobby Barbour, multi-media artist and host of the arts interview podcast Blind Date, selected Matthew Barney’s Cremaster Cycle for our interpretation. The Cremaster Cycle consists of five feature length films, together with related sculptures, photographs, drawings, and artist’s books
When asked about why he selected the work he said, “I’ve always been drawn to most of Matthew Barney’s work, but the Cremaster Cycle obviously is the thing that stands out when discussing his art. I love that it is made up of multiple mediums to tell one giant overarching narrative. I feel like the cycle is a piece of neo-mythology comprised of different elements from folktales, fantasy stories, history, and more contemporary times which is a forum for commentary on the general human experience, sexuality, and gender roles. I chose to pair “Violent Psalms” by Frog Eyes with the piece for a few reasons. I think the tone and pace of the song is very similar to Barney’s work; kind of mystical, highly narrative, slightly dark in nature, and consist of beasts and godlike figures. I also feel like both are commenting on certain socio-political issues such as extreme violence and big industry. Also the writer of the song, Carey Mercer, and Matthew Barney are two creative individuals I highly respect and feel inspire me.”
Curator Slade Stumbo chose Hogarth’s “The Tavern Scene” from the series “A Rake’s Progress” for the show this week. Listen below to hear what we paired with the piece!
William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress is a sequence of eight engravings that tell the story of Tom Rakewell, a young man who inherits a fortune and promptly and immorally squanders it as well as his life. Hogarth first produced paintings on the subject in 1732-33. The works were wildly popular in their time. Visit LVAA’s gallery, PUBLIC at 131 West Main through March 1 to view selections from A Rake’s Progress in the exhibition, On The Strip.
This week Tim Barnes selected Wallace Berman‘s work for our interpretation. Tim wrote, “Wallace has several pieces called Untitled, that are collage based commentary set in a common frame, which in this case is a handheld AM radio. So much of his work breathes mixology. The idea of recycling an image or images, but putting them into a context where their meaning is new and different from their original state. As a sound artist I am extremely interested in creating these kinds of situations.”
Tim Barnes is a percussionist and electronic musician who has played with Jim O’Rourke, Silver Jews, Neil Michael Hagerty and the Howling Hex, The Tower Recordings, The For Carnation, and MV+EE. He also runs the newly-resuscitated Quakebasket label. He will be performing with mAAs in “AUDIOPTICS #2” at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft tonight. Doors at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. $6 admission, free for KMAC members. AUDIOPTICS is an ongoing series of events melding sound and visuals.