Current Exhibitions

Art In Action: Inflate. Draw. Pour
Jason Hackenwerth. Heather Hansen. Holton Rower. 
October 4 - January 4, 2015 

The act of making art is the focus of this exhibition which spotlights the work of three noteworthy artists whose process is just as intriguing as the results. Jason Hackenwerth inflates thousands of brightly colored latex balloons to create sculptural forms, some measuring over 30 feet tall. Stretching and twisting her body while drawing, Heather Hansen captures her motions on oversize canvases. Holton Rower pours up to 50 gallons of paint onto a single piece of plywood, one cup at a time, hundreds of colors expand into kaleidoscopic shapes. Video documentation showing each artist at work is included in the exhibition. This exhibition is presented in honor of Prospect 3, the international contemporary art biennial concurrently taking place in New Orleans.

Special thanks to the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel for providing lodging for our artists. 

Heather Hansen at work in her New Orleans studio. 2014. Photographer Bryan Tarnowski. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Jason Hackenwerth at work on one of his large scale balloon forms. Image courtesy of the artist.

Holton Rower performing "pour paintings" at Art Miami, 2012. Image courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. 

 

Peter de Francia: An Italianate in Britain
October 4 - January 4, 2015

This intimate exhibition showcases the distinctive paintings of British artist, writer, and teacher Peter de Francia (1921-2012). Considered by critics to be among the "Big Beasts" of British art alongside Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, de Francia lived in England for more than sixty years yet never felt at home. A sojourn in Italy during the late 1940's left a lasting impression, influencing both his political views and his anesthetic output. A powerful figurative artist, de Francia's paintings and drawings belie an overriding interest in people and their humanity. 

Farmer with Cat, 1960. Oil on Canvas, 36 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches. Courtesy of Gallery Boivert.

 

Capitol City Contemporary 
October 22 - February 15, 2015

Capitol City Contemporary is the first in a series of exhibitions to honor local and regional artists who are contributing to the vitality of the state's current art scene. This first display spotlights recent two-dimensional abstract work made by twelve Baton Rouge artists: Billie Bourgeois, Susan Bonfils, Van Wade Day, Paul Dean, Rosemary Goodell, Randell Henry, Kathleen Lemoine, George Marks, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Edward Pramuk, Robert Rector, and Steve Schmidt. 

Ed Pramuk, Spring: Green Shelter, Purple Shade, Lake, Sun, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.

The Show Window
October 22 - February 15, 2015 

LASM has partnered with Elevator Projects to recognize the work of emerging local talent. The storefront-style window at the northern end of LASM's building features an installation by John Gray. Viewed from outside the museum, Gray's artwork makes an effective use of digital technology to create an engaging, interactive art piece. 

Upcoming Exhibitions

A World of Dreams: Landscapes by Tula Telfair
January 10 - March 15 | Main Gallery 

Tula Telfair paints monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that act as windows into another world - a dream world - where everything seems familiar yet remains beyond grasp. Drawing upon the long tradition of landscape painting from the backdrops of the Renaissance through the Romanticism of the nineteenth century, Tula Telfair presents a thoroughly contemporary perspective upon an archaic art form. Instead of documenting actual sites, Telfair combines invented images with a variety of formal painterly techniques to achieve highly convincing yet fictitious illusions that invite contemplation upon the relationship between humankind and the environment.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council. 

Tula Telfair, Civilization Could Not Do Without It, 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York. 

Tula Telfair, The Structured Meaning of Depth and Desire , 2014, oil on canvas, 72 x 100. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

Tula Telfair, Reshaping Mythology, 2014, oil on canvas, 65 x 96. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass
An Installation by Megan Singleton
January 10 - March 15 | Soupcon Gallery

Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass explores the destructive beauty and complex role of invasive aquatic plants upon the fragile ecology of Louisiana's bayous. Singleton researched the state's waterways and traveled by canoe to collect the Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed that she transformed, first into paper and then into evocative pulp paintings and sculptural works. A video comprised of over 500 still photographs of water and a large-format handmade book provide further insight into the artist's process. A native of St. Louis, Singleton received her MFA in sculpture from LSU in 2012. 

Megan Singleton, Eight Thousand Daughters Woven into Bayou Braids (installation view), 2014, handmade paper of Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed, wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Megan Singleton, Swamp Lilies (detail), 2013, handmade paper made of Water Hyacinth and Abaca, string, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Megan Singleton, Eight Thousand Daughters Woven into Bayou Braids (installation view), 2014, handmade paper of Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed, wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.