Mantenae

February 25 - October 7, 2012

EXPOSE:  Parse Gallery, Staple Goods Collective, T-LOT

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Curated by Amy Mackie and the Visual Arts Department

 

In tandem with the exhibition Spaces: Antenna, The Front, Good Children Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans presents EXPOSE: Parse Gallery, Staple Goods Collective, T-LOT in the three display windows on St. Joseph Street. These recently established, collectively organized gallery and studio spaces are located in various neighborhoods in New Orleans. All founded over the past two years, Parse Gallery, Staple Goods Collective, and T-LOT differ from Antenna, The Front, and Good Children Gallery in the fundamental fact that they operate not only as exhibition spaces, but also as sites for the creation of work through the studio spaces they maintain and operate. 

 

The members of Parse Gallery, Staple Goods Collective, and T-LOT will present collaborativelyproduced projects as part of the Visual Arts department’s EXPOSE series, which addresses the possibilities and limitations of site-specific endeavors. By employing this unique site for the presentation of work—considering its location, function, and potential for artistic experimentation— EXPOSE cultivates relationships locally, nationally, and internationally among contemporary artists, the public and the CAC. Responding to the unusual architecture of the windows, the members of these three collectives will present projects that reflect the dynamics of shared space, their individual practices, as well as the galleries and studios they collectively run.

 

From Parse Gallery’s Facebook page in 2012:

A journey into fantastical landscape, where the bourgeois separation of human structure and uninhibited natural progression becomes blurred, “Mantenme” represents the symbiotic support systems among clandestine man and mountain. By immersing yourself into this idealistic marriage of conscious manipulation and the natural evolution of the cosmos, one becomes nestled and comforted by the ethereal scene, and is left with a feeling of wondrous hope.

 

©PARSE NOLA