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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Richard's Roost

Artist Jim Richard Talks About Making Himself at NOMA, and Starting Over



Jim Richard’s “Make Yourself at Home,” on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art through February 24, 2013, remains one of the best shows of the year. A modernist journey through the colorful interiors of homes filled with a mix of high art, tchotchkes, and period furniture, Richard’s twelve-work exhibit showcases his deep knowledge of contemporary and historical art alongside refined technical skill, and pokes a little fun at modern art in the meantime.

 

When not creating paintings and collages, Richard teaches painting at the University of New Orleans. Below, he answers a few questions about “Make Yourself at Home” and his creative process for NoDef. 

 

NOLA Defender: How long does it take you to complete a painting, from your beginning collage(s) to the final work? What does your process look like?

 

Jim Richard: The paintings vary wildly in time consumed. A friendly one can take a few weeks, a difficult one requiring more than usual repainting can take a couple of months. Paintings on paper and collages, of course, go much faster. These days, my planning process is more and more dependent on the computer. I scan in hundreds of images and use them as digital collage material. I use the finished digital collages as models for paintings and works on paper. I also regularly do cut-and-paste collages, some of which become models for paintings.

 

ND: Do you find inspiration in others’ houses? (And do people open their houses to you?)

 

JR: I collect my interior images from books, magazines and advertising. I avoid using houses of people I know, because it makes them too vulnerable to negative comments about their taste in décor when my shows are reviewed in newspapers or magazines.

 

ND: After your studio was destroyed during Katrina, you began collaging. How else did you deal with the loss of your past work?

 

JR: After Katrina, the most difficult loss was the forty years’ worth of records of all the work I have done. I was able to retrieve some of that from past galleries, but much is just gone. As for the lost works themselves, I just put all my focus on new work. Each new piece was part of a fresh start.

 

ND: Where do you see your style moving?

 

JR: Stylistically, I am trying to use Photoshop and Illustrator to break up and simplify my complex images. For many years, I used a dark, cartoon-like contour line to delineate every item in my compositions. Lately, I have eliminated that outline, which has allowed for considerably more freedom. I am also allowing the computer to offer me color possibilities that can make my color choices less predictable.

ND: What do you focus on in your classes at UNO?

 

JR: At UNO, I encourage students to be young artists of their own time, to look at as much contemporary art as possible (along with their art historical favorites) and to measure their success against the best art they have seen. My goal is to get them to see and think like artists. I talk a great deal about technique, but that is not my primary focus. Once they are able to picture good art, they are absolutely ingenious at finding their own ways to make it happen.

 

ND: Who are your favorite contemporary artists, both in and beyond New Orleans?

 

JR: My earliest influences were the French and German modernists, then the Abstract Expressionists, then Pop and Conceptualism/Minimalism. I was especially affected by the Rauschenberg Combine pieces and the Lichtenstein paintings of brushstrokes. On the side, I was very interested in the Bay Area Figurative Painters of the 50s/60s.

 

I look at a great deal of contemporary work, including many young artists. Some people off the top of my head are Rachel Harrison, Tom Sachs, Tim Hawkinson, Martha Rosler, Wayne Gonzales, Jessica Stockholder, Tom Friedman, Thomas Nozkowski, Sara Sze, Robert Irwin, Gerhard Richter, and Tara Donovan.

 

“Make Yourself at Home” is displayed in NOMA’s Great Hall. It’s more than worth a trip to City Park to see Richard’s works over the last 19 years of his career!

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

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B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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