I have four works on paper in En el espíritu de Frida, a group exhibit of five very talented artists. If you missed the opening reception on the 21st of November, First Friday Trolley Hop presents a fun opportunity to visit our exhibit at Swanson Contemporary on Friday, December 5, 2014—the First Friday Trolley Hop pf December!
Here is some information about the Trolley Hop as described by the Louisville Downtown Management District:
The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is an art show, tourist attraction, street party and celebration of downtown Louisville that brings new visitors and new life to the Main and Market corridor. The Trolley Hop takes place on the first Friday of each month from 5-11pm, rain or shine. Most of the galleries close around 9 pm but the restaurants, clubs, and shops stay open later. The trolleys run until 11pm.
The Republic Bank First Friday Trolley Hop is free and open to the public and can be boarded at any trolley stop along the route.
FREE parking is available at Slugger Field, Main Street at Jackson, and the 4th St. Live! garage after 6 pm. Free parking is also available on the street after 6 pm. Click here to view a map of the trolley route and parking options.
This is what Elizabeth Kramer of the Courier-Journal, Critic's Pick writer had to say about our exhibit:
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the death of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who died at 47, leaving a legacy of being an outspoken artist and champion of marginalized people. Her work on both counts had inspired many, including Louisville artist Joe McGee who organized "En el Espiritu de Frida," that includes his work as well as pieces by four other artists, including fellow Louisvillian Jacque Parsley. Another is Kentucky-based artist Diane Kahlo (a distant cousin) who has painted nearly 100 portraits for "Wall of Memories: Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juarez" ("The Missing Women of Juarez"), which pays tribute to women killed or kidnapped in the Mexican border area with Texas. Also included are works by Mari Mujica who has produced photographs directly related to Kahlo's transgender impersonators in Mexico City and has new 3D work for the show, and by Pilar Acevedo, a Mexico City native and accomplished artist living near Chicago. McGee called her work reminiscent of Kahlo's. All written materials in English and Spanish courtesy of the University of Louisville Modern Languages Department.
WHEN: Friday through Jan. 3
WHERE: Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market St.
COST: Free admission
INFORMATION: (502) 589-5466, www.swansoncontemporary.com
The following essay was written by Christopher Fulton, Ph. D., Department of Fine Arts of the University of Louisville regarding our upcoming exhibit titled "En el Espiritu de Frida,". Joe McGee, Diane Kahlo, Mari Mujica, Jacque Parsley, and I will be participating in this exhibit, which will run from November 21 through January 3 at Swanson Contemporary, 638 E. Market Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
WWFD? (What Would Frida Do?) ...in art, if she were alive today? How would she respond in creative terms to our post-modern, post-industrial, post-colonial world, to the frenzy of stimuli emitted from post-pc gadgetry, and to the arbitrariness of post-identity representation? Of course it is impossible to give a clear answer to this hypothetical, since Frida is no longer with us. Yet the question is not entirely out of reach. And by raising it we are brought to the heart of her artistic project, as we consider the spirit in which she thought about her circumstances and formulated her thinking in works of art.
Artwork Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Mexican Painter
I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in En el Espíritu de Frida with these fabulously talented artists: Diane Kahlo, Mari Mujica, Jacque Parsley, and Joe McGee.
Joe McGee received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Louisville in 1986 and has been a working artist for over 35 years. He is also responsible for putting this exhibit together at Swanson Contemporary in Louisville, Kentucky.
For more information on Joe, visit his website at: http://www.joemcgeeart.com
Diane Kahlo has a substantial body of work and is currently exhibiting Wall of Memories: The Disappeared Señoritas of Ciudad Juarez, in Los Angeles, California. This exhibit is made up of over 100 portraits and approximately 50 symbols painted by Diane in memory of the hundreds of women and girls murdered or kidnapped since 1993 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The exhibit began at the University of Kentucky, has traveled to other universities, and will continue on its journey in the U.S.
For more information about this exhibit, listen to this interview: http://www.wmmt.org/archives/7430
Mari Mujica, PhD, is the founder and president of Diversity Consultants LLC. She is also a well respected photographer, and photo-ethnographer. Mari, who is a native of Peru, has exhibited her artwork there, as well as in the U.S.
For more information, visit Mari's site at: www.marimujica.com
Jacque Parsley is a well-established and respected artist from Louisville. She has been exhibiting her work since 1995 and has won numerous awards and honors. In June of this year, she will have a solo exhibit at Craft Gallery in Louisville.
For more information visit: www.kentuckyartists.com/jacqueparsley
En el Espíritu de Frida, Artwork Honoring the 60th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Mexican Painter is scheduled to open November 21st and run through January 3rd. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 21, 6-8pm. Swanson Contemporary is located at 638 East Market, Louisville, KY 40202.