January 19 – April 21, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, January 19, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
1878 & Brown Foundation Galleries
The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat
The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat features an installation of puppets and their worlds by New-Orleans based artist, musician, and puppeteer, Panacea Theriac (also known as Miss Pussycat). The exhibition includes puppets and puppet theaters, along with videos, photographs and ceramic sculptures of her puppets. The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat highlights characters and worlds from her last five puppet shows: The Western Village Shopping Village, Clothes Made by Small Furry Animals, Frenchy and Jett, The Happy Castle of Goblinburg, and The Cookie Carnival Baking Contest. In her work, Miss Pussycat creates paracosmic fantasies that often relate to her own experience as an artist and musician. She’s in a band and her puppets have a band that releases records, while others are artists and museum workers in a fictitious museum. Each character assumes a life of their own in an ever-evolving series of stories.
2nd Floor Vault
DRUM BUDDY (Miss Pussycat Model)
Playing on the unique acoustics of the concrete and steel lined second-floor vault of GAC’s 1878 First National Bank Building, New Orleans-based artist and musician Quintron, presents one of his most notable inventions, the Drum Buddy. The Drum Buddy is a light activated, analog synthesizer which creates murky, low-fidelity, rhythmic patterns triggered by the rotation of recycled #10 pizza sauce cans. Using the unique characteristics of optical sensors, the instrument produces drum-like tones, chirps, and buzzes in four distinct voices: kick, snare, bass, and “space”. Quintron is credited with fostering an analog synth revival in the late 1990s / early 2000s with the invention and continual experimentation with the Drum Buddy. The piece on display at GAC is a one-of-a-kind version of the instrument created for Miss Pussycat in 2009. Visitors are invited to enter the vault to experience the unique soundscape produced by this innovative instrument.
March 9 – June 2, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, March 9, 2019
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artist talk at 6:30 PM
Brad Tucker’s exhibition, Standard Tan, includes a collection of wood, fabric, and painted sculptural objects that explore color, texture, and language. Often mimicking tools and utilitarian objects, Tucker’s work plays with the loose ends of craftsmanship at the border between painting and sculpture. Tucker’s experience as an artist, skateboarder, musician, and teacher reveals itself in his work through the use of abstracted shapes, text, and sound elements encountered in his daily life.