SLU gallery presents the work of 4 artists | Culture & Leisure

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Visual Art + Design is currently hosting a summer exhibit by four artists – Orly Anan, Basqo Bim, Phlegm, and Ryn Wilson – titled “Disguises” at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery, located at 100 East Strawberry Stadium.

The exhibition is free and open to the public until August 25. The Contemporary Art Gallery’s hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. A closing reception with some of the artists is scheduled for August 25 at 5 p.m. in the gallery.

The works in the exhibition feature contemporary artists working with clothing design, masking and makeup as a form of world-building and storytelling, said gallery director Cristina Molina.

“From Colombia, Israel and New Orleans, the exhibiting artists share a commitment to creating characters that transcend the mundane and offer alternative realities,” explained Molina. “Orly Anan and Ryn Wilson create elaborate scenes to imply how mysticism might flow out of the unconscious and into everyday life. Basqo Bim and Phlegm engage in ritual acts of mask-making that reshape ancestral and mythical stories. Located a few miles from the carnival capitals of Louisiana, these performers offer us a glimpse into the possibilities of costume transformation.

Anan is a Colombian/Israeli visual artist and art director interested in the mysticism involved in everyday life, Molina said. She is currently experimenting with the intersection of ritual and popular culture, as well as anthropocosmic surrealism. Anan’s client list includes Nike, VH1, Spotify and Netflix to name a few, and his works have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including Miami, London, Mexico City and Toronto. .

His immersive installation “Salon Delicatessen” is currently on display at the Museum of Museums in Seattle. Currently a resident of Mexico City, Anan’s artistic pursuits have led her to explore the traditions of various countries, from Asia to Latin America, and these cultures are her main source of inspiration.

Originally from a rural town in South Carolina, Bim has lived in New Orleans for three years and is of Colombian descent. Bim is self-taught and has been making art for seven years.

“Basque started with drawing, quickly moved on to illustration, then started learning embroidery and large-scale sculpture,” Molina said. “After landing in New Orleans, Basque’s attention and passion quickly turned to masking and costumes, using both old and new skills to create new worlds and change consensus reality.”

Phlegm is a New Orleans born and based multidisciplinary artist who also penned the mantra “Everything you love about New Orleans is due to black people”.

“At this current point, my work serves to exist as a ritual drama of my personal black universe. It serves to more firmly connect my black spiritual concept of time,” he explained, “connecting the past to the present and the present to the future – sacred to the community and personally precious. It attempts to tie all the loose ends of black ethos, influence and inspiration into a single braid. It is, at its core, an affirmation of life – my life, the life of my ancestors and the life of my community.

“My work, and by extension my life, produces on the necessity and value of black spiritual presence – a meditation in duality. It’s earnest and irreverent, heavy and heavenly, calculated and flippant. It is a double consciousness.

Wilson is a photographer and video artist working in New Orleans. She creates cinematic narratives emphasizing feminism, mythology and the environment. Before moving to New Orleans, Wilson lived in Tokyo, Bangkok, Hamburg and Shanghai, where she assisted Chinese photographer Maleonn. She was a member of artist gallery The Front from 2014 to 2019 where she exhibited, curated and curated an annual short film festival.

In 2018, Wilson co-founded the Crystal Ewomen, a quartet of interdisciplinary artists who create immersive installations that tell myths and stories from a perspective that honors marginalized populations. His work has been shown at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, the Kunsthall Stavanger in Norway and the Oslo International Video Art Festival. She also works as a costume designer and seamstress for film, performance and fashion.


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