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Michel Varisco: Just Below the Surface

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Just Below the Surface


The spaces in between Michel Varisco’s work force moments of meditative stillness amidst installations that rhythmically engulf the viewer, placing you “Just Below the Surface”.

As a native New Orleanian, Varisco’s work is centered around the human relationship and interaction with the environment, specifically water, and the effects that one has on the other.

After experiencing the destruction of the failed levees during Hurricane Katrina, much of Varisco’s work has focused on the fact that water not only sustains, but also has the ability to devastate communities and their beloved land.    


In “Just Below the Surface” Varisco takes the seriousness of environmental and personal themes and creates a whimsical experience she calls “magical realism”. “We’re losing our heritage land. In a desperation to communicate the fix we’re in, I just took everybody under water with me; fast-forwarding into a modern-day Atlantis,” explains Varisco.

The rhythmic repetition of her work is seamlessly presented in polyptychs and installations to parallel the natural patterns of water. The photographs, silk installments, and assemblage of objects come together to reflect the pack-and-go mindset that is so normalized to those living in an evacuation environment.

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Bernard Mattox: Chasing the Thing: the River Fugue Series
to Sep 29

Bernard Mattox: Chasing the Thing: the River Fugue Series

Exhibition, September 8 – 29, 2018   
Opening Reception Saturday, September 8, 6 pm - 9 pm
Artist Talk, Saturday, September 29, 2 pm - 4 pm

Formally a sculptor, Bernard Maddox presents a stunning collection of painting of nature, furniture, animals, religious symbols, human forms and much more. His pieces are densely packed with figures materialized in vibrant earthy colors or quiet neutral grounds in graphite. The end result is a graceful yet powerful commentary on the basics of human experience.

Needing a break from sculpture, Mattox took up painting 15 years ago. Although he’d never had any formal painting lessons, Maddox as found his own way by incorporating painting, sculpture, ceramics and found objects, branches, salvage yards. Many oil paintings and graphite drawings are on his hand-built oak panels.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of our 2018 Season of Arts sponsors

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