Friday, May 29, 2015

ARTIST SPACES: New Orleans, Tina Freeman's Bk & Exhibition. Studio as Oasis for Artistic Process

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This is the first study of artists in their working spaces with their work, as part of their process.  Katrina anniversary is 8/29, gives this story poignancy. Many of the artists recreated their studios with a new sense of the importance of place, 

The work is on view at THE OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART. It's interesting to see the artists' work in their studios in the book and then to see it on the white walls of the Museum. It looks very different .

The book is published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press

Tina Freeman has been photographing artists and their interiors from the early years of her career in New York, when she photographed Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol. Also an accomplished photographer of architecture, landscapes and portraits, her work has graced magazines, such as House and Garden, Connoisseur and The New York Times Magazine. Her fine art photographs have been exhibited in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and London.

For ARTIST SPACES NEW ORLEANS she joined co-author Morgan Molthrop, to show the diversity of art and artists that has exploded in New Orleans, since the devastation of Katrina. Freeman, says Molthrop, is enormously skilled at the use of natural light and demonstrates a rare sensitivity to both artists and their spaces. She was given unusual accessibility and the book grew from the collaborative nature of the project.

Tina and Morgan spent 2 and a half years choosing photos and laying out art, as Morgan conducted interviews  and the community grew with the book. It mirrors New Orleans natives and those new to town, environments that seem highly personal with totemic objects, others as controlled as industrial space. There's work that's fleeting, of the moment, or substantial as stone or metal.  Seen in its native environment it's revelatory.

What's universal is that these spaces are natural, part of  the personality of the artist  and  their intellectual  emotional process of their work. A studio is a safe oasis, says Malthrop, where artists can leave their bodies behind. What you see in ARTISTS SPACES is a profound sense of place. There are artists in this book who are going to the Venice Biennial, others  whose space no longer  exists. All are linked by community. The community of artists, who often live in their work spaces, are celebrated in this unusual book.