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Art Review: James Flynn's Qualia at Callan Contemporary

NoDef Art Writer Cheryl Castjohn fills in the Op Art influences and geometric patterns behind James Flynn's show, on view at Callan Contemporary.


Nautical Map & NOLA Inspire Ken Kenan's Latest Exhibition at Du Mois

Ken Kenan’s newest series of art works, “Voyages,” present a fresh and engaging style in abstraction which is unique on the current New Orleans art scene. 'Genuine,' 'optimistic,' and 'playful,' are descriptors which shall continue to emerge with regard to all of Kenan's "Grand Voyages" over time. 

Sweet Dreams

Review: Joli Livaudais' Multi-Media Show "Dreams & Replies"

On Saturday night, Martine Chaisson Gallery unveiled Monroe artist Joli Livaudais’ “Dreams and Replies” as its April show.  “Dreams and Replies” is a series of encounters which is especially suitable for the springtime, with scenes of burgeoning life in the form of the earth’s longest-continuing and most-successfully adapting phylum, the arthropods.  


Review: Bunny Matthews' Cartoons Show NOLA, A-Z

Bunny Matthews new show “The People of New Orleans from A to Z” hangs at the Arthur Roger Gallery throughout March until April 19th, celebrating a closing reception on Saturday the 5th.  The series reads like a children’s A to Z book of illustrations on uniformly 17x14 paper, ink, and colored pencil renderings.

Lake View

Billboards Dot Staple Goods Walls for 'Jack Lake, Redux': Art Review

In the 1920’s in Southern Ontario, homebuilder Jack Lake autographed his handiwork by signing a framing board inside the home he’d just built. Upon renovating that home, artist Jack Niven discovered the indexical and personal imprint and took it up like a thrift store jacket. Thanks to this random, years-old encounter, we now have “Jack Lake, Redux” posited onto two grateful walls at Staple Goods throughout the month of March and early April.

Relishing the 'Rematch'

Mel Chin Retrospective Set to Open at New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art opens a sprawling retrospective of work by Mel Chin this weekend. Cheryl Castjohn takes a first look at the works on dispay.

Pulse & Unbidden

Review: Lee Deigaard's Film & Photographic Exhibits at the Ogden

Lee Deigaard has two shows on view at the Ogden through April 6th.  One is a series of photographs from her show “Unbidden” which debuted at The Front in 2012.  The other work is a video installation titled “Pulse” which features a bonus quasi-sculptural bench/ grassy patch on which to view the work in the Tunnel Gallery. 

Deadline Approaches for CAC Photobook Competition

by Cheryl Castjohn

Photographers looking for some prolonged exposure at one of New Orleans' biggest art spaces should take note. The Contemporary Arts Center's  photobook competition Unfolding Images offers its last call for submissions as it winds down the open call for image books. 

Layers to Piehl

NoDef Explores a Duo of Shows at Filthy Linen Night

Sometimes, amid clever conceptual works and carefully planned performance pieces, one stumbles upon a clear reminder that some people are very, very good at depicting what they see.

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