Saturday, August 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA
“GOM” LANDSCAPES AND WATERSCAPES
OF HIGHGROUND, MIDGROUND,
LOWGROUND, AND NOGROUND ON
THE COASTAL COUNTIES OF THE
GULF OF MEXICO.
IF SEA LEVEL RISE IS 10 METERS OR
MORE IN 500 YEARS,THEN MIGRATION
AWAY FROM LOWGROUND AREAS OF
COASTAL COUNTIES OF THE GULF OF
MEXICO STATES WILL BE REQUIRED,
AND WILL HAVE ALREADY BEGUN.
Near the end of the summer of 2015, I began an internship as a graphic designer and digital artist at the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. It was there that I met Robert Tannen. After seeing my work he asked if I would be interested in collaborating on a project. The concept was to use current physical maps of Gulf of Mexico counties and data to create vectorized digital illustrations that specifically illustrate the levels of elevation within each county or parish bordering the Gulf of Mexico. I began by taking high-resolution photographs of the large physical maps and then digitally rendering them using Adobe software.
Since the start of the collaboration, my fascination for the subject has grown tremendously, and I look forward to future projects. The technique that I used to design the resulting 68 maps involved a meticulous process, which not only helped me gain a greater bird's eye view of the entire gulf coast but helped me hone a greater appreciation for topography and map-making as well.
A further description by Robert Tannen,
"In 2015 I was afforded the opportunity by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to join a multi-disciplinary group of creative people for a residency on Captiva Island, a barrier island in Lee County Florida. This enabled me to execute an idea I have been working on to illustrate the relative land elevations within coastal counties of the Gulf of Mexico and implications of climate change and sea level rise. I had been studying all 68 coastal counties on the Gulf of Mexico. At Captiva I was able, with support from graphic artist Mathew Foreman in New Orleans, Ann Brady and Rauschenberg Residency staff, and artist/resident James Weingrod, to create map prints showing areas within these coastal counties that reveal communities that may be lost. Artist Carly Neel, a native Floridian now living in New Orleans has also portrayed the relative land elevations in 3D models.
At Captiva I was also able to make several large drawings of the subject that possibly comprise one of the largest land-water scapes. Thank you to Andrea Andersson for including this work and environmental warning in the CAC's open call show presented during the center's 40th year."
Whitney White Linen Night 2016 will launch the CAC’s milestone 40th Anniversary Season. This annual event is a fundraiser for the CAC.
JULIA STREET BLOCK PARTY
300–700 blocks of Julia Street and throughout the Arts District New Orleans
Art Openings & Outdoor Celebration
Free Admission | 5:30–9:30pm New Extended Hours!
• Exhibition Openings at more than 20 Galleries & Museums
• Cocktails & Cuisine from 25 Local Restaurants
• Cox Cool Down Lounge
Food provided by The American Sector, Bratz Y’all, Crêpes à la Cart, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Curly Q Fry Company, Dickie Brennan’s Restaurant Group, Foundation Room at House of Blues, The Green Fork, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls, Kenton’s, Kingfish, La Thai Uptown, Legacy Kitchen, LMNO @ Le Meridien, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Meauxbar, Mellow Mushroom, Mizado Cocina, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, NOLA Girl Food Truck & Catering, Pinkberry, Saucy’s BBQ, Seed, Saint Lawrence, Superior Grill, The Velvet Cactus, Ye Olde College Inn
Limited tickets available for the CAC's Cool Down Lounge sponsored by Cox
The Lighthouse, 743 Camp Street at Julia Street
$40 per CAC Member | $50 per Non-Member
Includes 2 complimentary drinks, light bites, private restrooms, seating with air-conditioning, AND access to the CAC Afterparty.
WHITNEY WHITE LINEN NIGHT AT THE CAC
CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
900 Camp Street
$10 General Admission | Free to CAC Members or Cool Down Lounge ticket buyers
CAC EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
"A Building with a View": Experiments in Anarchitecture
This group exhibition of regional artists marks the beginning of the CAC’s 40th Anniversary Season.
$10 General Admission | Free to CAC Members
Cash Bars & Cuisine
Afterparty Entertainment: Mod Dance Party's DJ Matty spins funk and soul platters from the 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s