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New art spreads good "Juju" at Loyola's Diboll Gallery

September 4, 2009

Drawing by W. Mark Grote

New Orleans photographer Sandra Russell Clark and Loyola University New Orleans visual arts professor W. Mark Grote will be spreading the good “juju” as they exhibit new works at the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Monroe Library.

The exhibits, “Juju” and “Sculpture Studies,” will be on display Sept. 10 – Oct. 23. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free and open to the public.

Clark’s exhibit, “Juju,” explores the way we perceive the reality of objects people collect and the underlying story that each viewer brings to it.

“Walking through the wreckage and debris of Katrina, I was struck by all that just seemed to evaporate and disappear but also by what was left behind,” says Clark. “This included small items that seem to tell a story about their owners, a group of dolls or old tools, a rocking horse from childhood, stacks of old LP’s, odd still lifes of tchotchkes and bric-a-brac. All of these small pieces made up part of someone else’s life–mementos, talismans, lucky charms, mascots, juju.”

Grote’s exhibit, “Sculpture Studies,” features new drawings that were derived from several of his own sculptures. According to Grote, his intention was to create whimsical two-dimensional illustrations of these sculptures.

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from Noon to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Gallery Director Karoline Schleh at gallery@loyno.edu or 504-864-7248.

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