January 19 – April 21, 2019
Opening Reception Saturday, January 19, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Artists’ talks at 6:30 PM
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.
Panacea Theriac‘s most widely known public role is as Miss Pussycat, performing puppet shows, singing, and playing maracas in the band “Quintron and Miss Pussycat”. Based in New Orleans, Quintron and Miss Pussycat present live organ-driven party music and puppet shows at parties all over the world.
Born in Antlers, Oklahoma, Theriac began her career in art and puppetry as a child in the Southern Baptist Church of Antlers as part of the Christian Puppet Youth Ministry. She later moved to New Orleans and started a secret nightclub called Pussycat Caverns, which hosted bands and all types of performance in a unique and lively atmosphere. Since 1997 she has run a similar secret night club, The Spellcaster Lodge, with the artist Quintron. Both of these enterprises have brought bands and other inspired people together to put on fun shows for the New Orleans 9th Ward neighborhood. For over 20 years, she has presented live puppet shows in rock clubs, libraries, and secret clubhouses all around the world. Theriac has also made a number of puppet movies and videos, including Trixie and the Treetunks, North Pole Nutrias, and Electric Swamp.
Exhibitions and installations are an important part of Theriac’s work. These shows display puppets and their worlds in galleries and museums and have included exhibits at The New Orleans Museum of Art and an installation at the Center for Contemporary Art in New Orleans. In 2017, she was a featured artist for Prospect 4, New Orleans’ citywide contemporary art triennial, with an exhibition at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2014, she and Quintron were each awarded a Rauschenberg Residency.
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.
Quintron is a New Orleans-based inventor, organist, and musical octopus behind the eponymous band, “Quintron and Miss Pussycat”. He has been making genre-defying noise, soundscape, and house rocking dance music in New Orleans for over 20 years. The majority of his fifteen full-length albums, many created with artist/puppeteer Panacea Theriac (also known Miss Pussycat), have the psychedelic soul of New Orleans party jams as filtered through tough distorted organs and self-made electronic instruments. Quintron is a celebrated nightclub organist and inventor, who has patented a number of his own inventions, including the Drum Buddy. Notable performers who own and play the Drum Buddy include Nels Cline of Wilco, Laurie Anderson, Fred Armisen, and DJ Mr. Dibbs. In addition to his own recordings, Quintron has played on a number of other records, most notably The Oblivions 9 Songs and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Grand Isle, which earned a Grammy nomination in 2012 and included the Quintron penned song Chatterbox. In addition to performances throughout the world, Quintron’s instruments and inventions have been included in exhibitions at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Propsect 4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, and a 2014 residency at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL.