Visiting Artist Exhibition
January 21 – February 28, 2014
NOCCA’s Ken Kirschman Artspace
Opening reception: January 30, 6pm – 8pm
NOCCA’s Visual Arts Department and The NOCCA Institute present the next event in the 2013-14 “On the Edge” gallery series: a Visiting Artist Exhibition featuring work by Todd Johnson, Maddy Rosenberg, Meg Turner, and Carl Joe Williams.
The show opens in NOCCA’s Ken Kirschman Artspace on Tuesday, January 21, with an opening reception from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, January 30. The exhibition closes on Friday, February 28.
The Kirschman Artspace sits at the heart of the NOCCA campus, located at 2800 Chartres Street in New Orleans. Normal gallery hours are 9am – 1pm Monday through Friday and 12pm – 4pm on Saturdays. Admission to the gallery and the opening reception is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
TODD JOHNSON studied at Luther College and Eastern Michigan University. His work has been shown throughout the United States, including solo shows at The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Todd has been the recipient of several grants including the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship for travel in Japan, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards for study at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
From the artist: “A res cogitans, is Latin for ‘a thinking thing’, and is very much what I find art to be. As a middle school art teacher, my workday reality involves sharing the images and ideas of other highly regarded artists with my students. In the studio myself, it seems only natural that this daily digestif would inform my own art practice. Indeed, the thoughts of other artists and critics are reflected in my thinking, and they give visual form to the work you see here; some celebratory, some critical. In the end, I want my work to honestly and cogently represent me, however flawed; I want my art to be a ‘thinking thing’.”
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MADDY ROSENBERG is a New York-based artist who works in several media: oil painting, artist’s books, printmaking, drawing, toy theater and installation. Rosenberg has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe, including recently a solo in San Antonio, Texas and a two person in Munich, Germany. Rosenberg maintains an active international curatorial as well as exhibition career. In September 2009, she opened CENTRAL BOOKING in New York, now located on the Lower Eastside, focusing on artist’s books and their integration into the larger art world through exhibitions on art and science themes (www.centralbookingnyc.com). Among the grants and residencies she has received is a National Endowment for the Arts for her international multi-venue curatorial project, New York/ParisDIALOGUE Paris/New York. Her work can be seen in numerous public collections, including National Museum of Women in the Arts, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Museum, Baylor University, Yale University, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Austrian National Library and Salzburg Museum. Rosenberg earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Bard College.
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MEG TURNER creates prints, photography, and installation projects responding to landscapes she explores in New Orleans as well as the Northeast. In addition to her own work and contract printing, Meg also prints for a local photogravure artist, Josephine Sacabo. She is heavily involved with the New Orleans Community Printshop, the ongoing evolution of the printshop she managed at Louisiana Artworks.
Collaborations include working with Andrew Oesch and Ian Cozzens as the participatory art/building team Magic City Repairs, and dancing with Jazz Hand Job, an experimental dance troupe based in Providence.
Meg loves old and unused buildings, rides her bike everywhere, and is learning to juggle the intricacies of being an artist/arts administrator/teaching artist/adventurer.
CARL JOE WILLIAMS was born in Uptown New Orleans. Art was Williams’ first love. He began his formal training as teenager at NOCCA continuing on to the Atlanta College of Art. In Atlanta, Williams flourished in his craft; graduating in 1994, and has since produced solo exhibitions, participated in several group exhibitions and public art projects. He returned to New Orleans in 2003. Driven by the search for universality, Williams describes his works as “symphonies of colors” that present a powerful visual experience. The content of his paintings is derived from his cumulative life experiences and is often inspired by the iconic art and music. A musician as well as a visual artist, Williams enjoys incorporating his musical compositions into his videos and installations. Found objects play an important role in his works by becoming elements of a narrative continuum addressing societal and historical concerns.
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