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August 25, 2011 
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 Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S) "Anarcadia" Closes Saturday
 Last Chance To See G.A.S

Anarcadia New Photographs, Video Works and Performances by Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) closes this Saturday August 27th. The exhibition opened on Whitney White Linen Night and drew crowds of over 50,000 people to Julia Street.

With Anarcadia, the art duo Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) stirred things up on Julia Street for White Linen Night where they donned full riot gear (a variation of their well known Art Cops (officially International Art Police) that has been presented in New York, London, Belfast, Dublin, Venice, Italy and New Orleans) and "manned" the front doors outside the gallery as "protesters" held signs like I'm Against It , I'm For it, C'est La Vie and Don't Worry About It in their faces. The exhibition is a mix of photography, video, "silkscreen painting" along with the interactive performance on opening night.

G.A.S explains:

"There is a time for discourse, and there is a time for action; this show celebrates the spirit of change, and the passing of the torch to all of those who possess a commitment to their cause whatever it may be. When we are faced with things that are beyond our control faintheartedness is to be despised." Anarcadia celebrates the spirit of change. From a billboard-sized homage to Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People" under a black flag to their pair of statuesque photographs inspired by Bernini's "David" hurling sticks and stones at an implied Goliath. Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) latest exhibition illustrates that there is an art to sustaining a revolution that is both perpetual and harmonious.

Generic Arts Solutions (G.A.S.) is an "art team" consisting of artists Matt Vis and Tony Campbell, who make concept driven artwork, often with humor and/or mischief at its core. Matt Vis holds an MFA from the University of New Orleans and Tony Campbell has an MA from The Royal College of Art. Their works blend art history and humor to comment on present-day concerns such as immigration, capital punishment and man-made disasters. Their goal is not to merely replicate past works, but to foster dialogue between the past and the present.

Hot on the heels of their recent solo exhibition, Deja Vu All Over Again, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Generic Arts Solutions (G.A.S.) latest show explores a conceptual and philosophical landscape that resides between the "old regime" and new horizons.

In the words of the artists:

"It has been said that the only constant is change, and it is change that either excites us or creates fear. That which we cannot control ruthlessly illustrates our position of involvement in this perpetual revolution weather we like it or not. This show is a call to action. It represents our belief that faintheartedness is to be despised." - Generic Arts Solutions (G.A.S.), 2011

Generic Arts Solutions (G.A.S.) has exhibited in New Orleans, New York, and London. Their work has been sponsored by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Joan Mitchell Grant for Public Sculpture. and is currently on exhibit as part of the exhibition CATALYST: Artists of Southern Louisiana Respond to the Gulf Oil Crisis at Space 301 in Mobile, AL, and will also be exhibited in the upcoming Double Crescent exhibition curated by Dan Cameron at C24 in Chelsea. Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) is in numerous private collections across the US and in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

To view selected works from Anarcadia, please .

To view works from the recent solo exhibition, Deja Vu All Over Again, at NOMA, please .

To view other works by Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.), please .

RECENT PRESS on Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S)

NOLA Defender

Video from Opening Night

White Linen Night Recap in The Times-Picayune

White Linen Night Preview in The Times-Picayune


Art New Orleans Magazine ArtDaily.org

Pictured Above:

Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.)
Riot Cops Performance from White Linen Night

Photo Courtesy Matthew Hinton, The Times-Picayune NOLA.com


 Closer To Nothingness: New Works by Stephen Collier Ends This Saturday

Closer to Nothingness New Work by Stephen Collier in his first solo exhibition at the gallery continues through Saturday August 27, 2011.

Closer to Nothingness features collage, painting, photograph, and sculpture that serve as hybrid historical artifacts. His work weaves history, kitsch, and dark humor to form new dialogs based from existing imagery. In Helter Skelter, Collier reconstructs the door found at Spahn Ranch, the Manson Family hideaway in the desert, complete with the graffiti and scribbling markings made by the family members before the compound was raided by police in 1969. The door serves as a grave marker for the hippie movement and dreams of peace.

In the artist's words:

My work investigates notions of behavior, history, identity, fear, motivation, and mysticism in the context of daily life. I am interested in making works that are conceptually driven and that are both smart and dumb at the same time. Although there is a slight darkness to my work, it is often contradicted by humor. I want these contradictions to open new dialogs about an idea and create a tension that will modify the viewer's way of thinking.

I use a variety of mediums that include video, sculpture, sound, photography, painting, and performance. Given the multifaceted world we live in, it is important for me to use the specific medium that best fits the conceptual and aesthetic idea of the project at hand. My choice of materials varies so that it accentuates the gestalt of the concept. Lately, I have been interested in making works with posters, postcards, 99-cent store items, food, silly string, fashion, electronics, and objects found from nature.

Stephen Collier's work has been exhibited at the Bronx River Art Center, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN, the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, the Lincoln Center in New York City, and numerous galleries across the United States. In 2010, his work was selected by curator Dan Cameron for Prospect 1.5, an exhibition celebrating the next generation of New Orleans art.

He been awarded residencies with the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Louisiana Artworks. Collier has received a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He is a founding member of Good Children Gallery, an artist cooperative in the St. Claude Arts District. Stephen Collier lives and works in New Orleans.

Stephen Collier's work has been featured in a number of publications including The Times-Picayune, Gambit Weekly, Time Out Chicago, ARTslant, and The Wall Street Journal.

To view works from Closer to Nothingness, please .

To see other available works by Stephen Collier, please .

Pictured Above:

Stephen Collier

American's Past Time, 2011
Inkjet on archival paper
36 x 24 in.


 15th Annual No Dead Artists Jury Winners Announced
 Fourteen Artists Selected By Presitgious Jury To Exhibit In New Orleans

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the 15th edition of the annual No Dead Artists National Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is co-presented by ArtDaily.org, the First Art Newspaper on the Net.

The No Dead Artists exhibition was founded in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. The exhibition's name is derived from the old adage that artists never achieve success until they are dead. No Dead Artists turns that notion on its head and gives emerging artists their first break in the art world. In the 90's, the exhibition was open only to New Orleans artists and subsequently grew to include artists of Louisiana. In 2010, the exhibition expanded to become a national juried exhibition open to artists from the entire US and ArtDaily came on board to further broadcast the jury winning works to the world, thus giving these emerging artists an even great voice.

The exhibition has been a springboard for numerous artists leading to national press coverage, recognition, gallery representation and acquisitions by museums and other prominent collections. Each year gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara invites a panel of renowned arts professional and collectors to select the newest creative talents.

Past jurors have included Prospect.1 Founder and Curator Dan Cameron, Museum Director Billie Milam Weisman, Collector and Philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody, MacArthur Fellow John Scott, Whitney Trustee and Ballroom Marfa Co-founder Fairfax Dorn and artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

For the 15th edition, three renowned arts professionals served as the No Dead Artists jury: Collector and Arts Philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor and 21c Museum Director William Morrow.

The 2011 Jurors

Toby Devan Lewis is a philanthropist, art collector, author and curator. For more than twenty years Lewis amassed a collection of art works by emerging artists for the Progressive Corporation, the nation's third largest auto insurer. This collection has been rated as one of the country's top collections by Art and Auction magazine. Lewis' philanthropy includes major gifts to the New Museum of New York, where she is an active member of its Board of Trustees. She also serves on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Film Society. She is the founding benefactor of Prospect New Orleans, the premiere biennial of international contemporary art in the U.S. She was the 2007 recipient of the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts, the 2004 recipient of the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Professional Art Advisors in 2004, and in 1998 she was honored by the New Museum for her "significant contribution in bringing the visual arts and creative experience to the work environment."

William Morrow manages the private collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, and has been the Director of 21c Museum, Louisville, KY since 2006. Part of the 21c Museum Hotel, the museum brings contemporary art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate art into daily life. Morrow is one of the founding board members of the Kentucky School of Art and a founding member of the Commission on Public Art, Louisville, KY. 21c Museum is North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century.

Susan Taylor has been the Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art since September 2010 and has been a museum director for over twenty years, having led the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College and the Princeton University Art Museum. She serves on boards and committees of many professional organizations including the Getty Museum and the Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center at Vassar College.

Of the approximate 1,500 artworks submitted to this jury by over 300 artists, fourteen artists were selected to have their work exhibited at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.

The 2011 No Dead Artists Jury Winners

Willie Baronet - Dallas, TX
Meredith Dytch - Chicago, IL
T.J. Griffin - Mesquite, TX
Leslie Lyons - New York, NY
Aaron McNamee - New Orleans, LA
Rebekah Miller - San Francisco, CA
Britney Penouilh - New Orleans, LA
Rhett Gérard Poché - South Bend, IN
Alissa Polan - San Francisco, CA
John Douglas Powers - Birmingham, AL
Jill Shoffiett - Cold Spring, NY
Ema Sintamarian - San Jose, CA
Laura Tanner - Champaign, IL
Meg Turner - New Orleans, LA

The 15th edition of this exhibition will feature 37 new works, ranging from the lyrical floor to ceiling installation piece Skins (made of birch bark, zippers, pins, velcro and lace) by Rebekah Miller to the provocative dirty-talking video work, SPAM by Willie Baronet. The show will feature exciting new painting, mixed media, sculpture and photography.

In addition to having their works exhibited at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, selected jury winners will be featured in an article on ArtDaily.org, The First Art Newspaper on the Net, written by art critic, D. Eric Bookhardt (ArtPapers and Gambit Weekly). ArtDaily has @900,000 visitors per month and the Art Daily Newsletter reaches over 25,000 readers daily.

The exhibition opens on Saturday September 3, 2011 with an artists reception from 6-9pm and runs thru September 24, 2011.


Rhet Gérard Poché

Haute Macabre #1
Gouache and Gold Paint on Paper
14 x 11 in


 JFG On The Road
 Art By Choice At Mississippi Museum, Double Crescent at C24 in Chelsea and Dan Tague at Houston Fien Art Fair

August 20th - September 11th

Art by Choice at Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, MS

Back by popular demand, the New Collectors Club with the Mississippi Museum of Art presents Art by Choice, a sale of artworks to benefit MMA's acquisition of new art and Museum operations (artwork is sold on consignment). The Museum has curated a selection of museum-quality works by artists associated with Mississippi as well as works from galleries in New York, Boston, and New Orleans.

The exhibition is scheduled for August 20 - September 11. .

The art will be available for purchase on the evening of Friday, August 26 in the Art by Choice Sale and Live Auction. The art sale will continue through September 11.

Featured JFG artists include Justin Forbes, Adam Mysock, Paul Villinski, Krista Jurisich, Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.), Kathleen Ariatti Banton,Stephen Hoskins, Brian Borrello and Skylar Fein.

For more information, please visit the Mississippi Museum by clicking here.

Opening September 8th

Double Crescent: Art From Istanbul and New Orleans Curated By Dan Cameron
at Chelsea24 Gallery 514 West 24th St New York

JFG artists in the exhibition are Skylar Fein and Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S)

For more information, please visit Chelsea24 Gallery by clicking here

Houston Fine Art Fair

September 15th - 18th

George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston, Texas

Featured JFG Artist

Dan Tague Solo Installation


 SAVE THE DATE - ARTDOCS Announces The 7th Benefit Art Auction
 Over 45 Contemporary Artists To Be Auctioned Off on Thursday November 17th, 630-930pm


The 7th ARTDOCS Benefit Art Auction is set for Thursday, November 17th at 725 Magazine Street.

Doors open at 6:30pm with food, cocktails and entertainment. Tickets at the door are $15 for individuals and $25 for couples.

ARTDOCS (Artists Receiving Treatment Doctors Offering Crucial Services) is a certified 501(c)3 organization that provides healthcare services for visual, literary and performance artists without health insurance. Keeping artists healthy helps support the vibrant cultural economy of New Orleans.

Since its founding in 1999 by Dr.Vince Morelli and Jonathan Ferrara, ARTDOCS has seen over 2000 patients and now offers dental services as well.

Over 45 works by the top contemporary artists in New Orleans will be auctioned off. The last auction was held in 2009 was a tremendous success with over 500 patrons, collectors and artists attending. Over $42,000 was raised in one night and that provided low-income artists with the medical and dental care they need. This year our goal is to raise more than $50,000 so that we can continue to expand our services and help keep New Orleans culture healthy

For more information about artdocs, please visit the website by clicking here.

On behalf of the artists of New Orleans and the Board of Directors, we invite you to come celebrate and keep the artists of New Orleans healthy.

See you on the 17th of November!

2011 DONATING ARTISTS (AS OF 8/26/2011)



ARTDOCS Board of Directors

Jonathan Ferrara

Vincent Morelli, MD

Sarat Raman, MD

Adam Marcus

Coleman Pratt, MD

Reese Johanson

Adele Borie

Legal Counsel
Vincent Booth



Tuesday - Saturday 11 am to 5pm

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
400a Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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