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PAVY at ART MIAMI 2013 DEC 3-8 Arthur Roger Gallery

November 27th, 2013 pavy@pavy.com Blog, Miscellaneous, PR / News No comments

 ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY BOOTH C1- MIAMI ART PAVILLION ART MIAMI DEC 3 -8

MIDTOWN MIAMI   WYNWOOD ARTS DISTRICT 3101 NE 1ST AVE. MIAMI FL. 

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The Flower Gardens : Jean Lafitte Part II

April 19th, 2012 pavy@pavy.com Blog, Miscellaneous, PR / News No comments

    This image is called The Flower Garden and  it’s named for the Flower Garden National Marine Sanctuary  that’s located not far from Galveston and the Louisiana Coast. Lafitte would probably have sailed over these Reefs on his way in and out of Galveston. 

   After  the Battle of New Orleans, Lafitte moved to Galveston Island  and continued to operate as before. By 1817 Lafitte had taken command of the island. All people wanting to live there  had to take a oath of loyalty to Jean Lafitte. He built a large structure called the Maison Rouge, where the landings were made. It was surrounded by a moat. He lived aboard  his ship ” Pride” and conducted business there, issuing false letters of Marque to his captains. Hostile indians and a hurricane in 1818 complicated life on the island, and by 1821 he was forced from the island by the Americans after an American merchantmen was attacked by one of his captains. After leaving, he continued  to attacks ships in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1822  he was granted a Letter of Marque by the Colombian government and given a new ship. Shortly after in 1823 he was reported to have been killed Feb 5 1823, or was he? 

    Local legends state that  Jean Lafitte was actually François Zénon Boutté who lived out his elder days in Breaux Bridge, La..  Zenon Boutee was a historical  figure that  had connections  to the Barratarian lands once frequented by the Lafitte brothers.I have a good friend who is a Boutee and also has connections  to the area around the town of Boutee by Barataria Bay and also Breaux Bridge. He has also mentioned to me that Jean Lafitte’s real name was Boutee. 

     Lafitte was rumored to have  buried a fortune in gold and silver  somewhere in Louisiana.  At some time every other Cajun has “discovered” the  buried treasure of Jean Lafitte. People still dig regularly on the banks of Contraband bayou in Lake Charles to look for gold. At this present time on Cypremort Point, La., there  is a an excavation looking for the treasure of Jean Lafitte. The owner  of the property had a dream and a voice told him that there was  the treasure of Jean Lafitte buried underneath his family home. The property had a very old water well ,only one of  2 old wells on Bayou Cypremort.Lafitte had been know to use the waterway to go up the Bayou Teche. The property owner has been digging there for at least 3 years now, and insists that 3 metallic “targets” of have been identified by some sort of magnometer,  but not recovered because of their depth and the problems with the water table.This operation is called the “Big Dig” by locals. Most are skeptical about any recovery of treasure. It’s a testament to the power of persuasion of the owner  that’s attracted the rumored over $750,000 of outside capital for this project. Checking today I heard that the dragline latched onto something in the hole about 20 feet down and almost pulled the dragline over. There  have been other sightings related to the treasure. I’ve  had several people tell me the’ve seen a shell mound in the swamp with an Iron cross on the  top, saying this was the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte, but could not find the location again later. I had another friend tell me they’ve found old coins  and strange bricks with odd markings on them  on their property, in a bend of the Vermillion River (another supposed Haunt of Jeans Lafitte) but have not bothered to excavate around these markers. In the 1920′s Indian Bayou in Livingston Parish was drained to search for the Treasure of Jean Lafitte. At any rate the treasure has not been found yet and is almost certainly non existent.

    One thing is for sure the mythology of Lafitte doesn’t seem to diminish over the years. He is an omnipresent figure in South  Louisiana, seemingly having been everywhere. So we’re in store for more wild treasure hunts as the years roll along. 

200 Art inspired by 200 yrs of statehood

February 27th, 2012 admin Blog, Miscellaneous, PR / News No comments

200 

This year, 2012, is the 200th year of Statehood for Louisiana.

Not long ago I met a man who told me he was from “North Louisiana”. Immediately I assumed Shreveport, Monroe or Alexandria. After a dramatic pause he said “Minnesota”. He was of course referring to the western lands drained by the Mississippi river in  the original Louisiana Purchase of 1803. In that regard anybody from  Arkansas, Oklahoma,Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and portions of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Canada can claim “north” Louisiana as their home. That’s about a quarter of the land mass of the current  U.S., so the story of Louisiana is a major part of the story of  America. The acquisition of the Louisiana territory prepared the way for further westward expansion. 

To me the narrative of the 200th anniversary  is centered around the great river. Going with the flow and willpower against water seems the underlying threads here. It’s a constant. Compared to the human element, we rise and fall one by one, but the river keeps flowing no matter what. So this series of new work inspired by 200 years of statehood has water as main theme and personalities as a minor theme. These works do not necessarily  illustrate  historic events, historical painting being a genre to itself, but ideas and imagery that have come to me as I’ve talked about , read about, remembered and imagined events, places and personalities. This set of works is entirely colored by my perspective. I certainly considered all the major historical events  but I made work as the images came to me, so these first 30 or so works in the  series are not in any chronological order. The only order there is is the order that the images came to me and the order that I was  able to complete them in. These works are mainly on stretched canvases. The paintings are made by adding  layer upon layer of imagery on top of each other, sometimes obscuring sometimes complementing the other layers. I think it mirrors  the multitasking  lifestyles we lead  and the over-saturation of communicative media that is our everyday reality. 

Storms & Magic

September 5th, 2008 admin Blog, PR / News No comments

I recently did a linoleum cut of a thunderhead. I was looking a large painting I had done a few years ago and one of the images was a thundercloud.  It was a small image, only about 2 by 2 ½ inches. I hadn’t seen it for some time and I liked it, so I decided to make a larger linocut of that image. Another reason to do this was I had done a painting, “Thunderheads,” that pictured my friend Elemore Morgan talking to a farmer overlooking a large field with three large thunderheads in the sky. So I decided to do a linocut to remember the paintings and Elemore.

It’s an intricate cut and it took me a week or so to make. When I finally printed it, I was happy with the image and showed it to a friend who came to visit after we had lunch. She looked at me like I was nutty, “A thunderhead?” she asked. Well, I might be a little nutty, but I thought it was a “magic“ linocut. Not long after, we had a rash of storms and hurricanes passing through the Gulf with a lot of bad weather. It made me wonder if my friend was right and I was calling bad weather to me by making such images.

I do believe art can be magic. The work that has the most meaning for me is about reality – things I’ve seen, heard, perceived or experienced. When I am most concentrated, every aspect of making a piece is important and occasionally everything seems to come into place, creating something I can’t take my eyes off of. The piece has a presence and glow. So it is with my “thunderhead“ linocut. Sometimes these images only make sense later, after they’re finished.

Now, cleaning up after the storms, I just stretched two canvases to make some new work. I remember an old drawing I Iike, about all the different ways I draw water. I want to do something about the power of water and nature. I hope I can dig it up…

Cat Lady Series

December 5th, 2008 admin Blog, PR / News No comments

This is a series of work inspired by my elderly cat-hoarding neighbor. As most neighborly relationships, this one has been both beneficial and detrimental. She watches over my place while I’m gone, but her 65 cats mess up my property.  I try to help her out as well. One day I was helping her and she told me that she got her house from her boyfriend who went to jail. I didn’t ask questions because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know the answers. So sometimes when she would wake my wife and I up at 3:00 AM, I would wonder: where are the gun and the jewels? After some time, I ended up inventing some characters based on my  imaginings. These evolved into many paintings and prints. The last piece – “Levee Drags” – was pretty literal, so I’m beginning to think that it may be time to write a story…

The Big Push

March 27th, 2009 admin Blog, PR / News No comments

I am making the final push to finish my show for April in New Orleans. I hired 2 guys in Late February to help me do all the things I need to get done for the show. This enabled me to finish all the work I had planned and to do a couple of extra pieces. One of these was a large Alligator block print. I had pulled it myself, But had trouble moving it around. Having another set of hands really helped out.

I really liked having a helper. I usually work in a mess, as I’m pretty passionate about getting through the piece. Nick would clean up when I was in the other workshop. My brushes were always in order and the paint cans were always where we could find them. I taught Nick how to print so I hope that helps him down the line.

I found out in Late November that my show had been pushed back from March to April and was also expanded—from one gallery to three. I had enough work for the one gallery, but had to burn the midnight oil from December to the end of March to finish. I made a plan. I would work during the day here at the studio with my helpers, and at night I would paint in my converted alcove studio at home. On weekends I could paint at home if the children were there and needed to be watched.

I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough time for work, but I kept up the pace and by the end of March delivered the remainder of work to the gallery. They ended up hanging 46 pieces. I was proud of the work I presented – I would hang that show anywhere.