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Diboll Art Gallery exhibit showcases caterpillars and couples

September 10, 2010

"Ed McCaughan with Chui" by Carol Leake

Intimate portraiture and gestural caterpillars will dominate the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans next week in a new joint exhibit “Couples,” by Carol Leake and “Wonderland,” by Tom Strider.

The show kicks-off with an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., in the Diboll Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Monroe Library. Admission is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through October 21.

New Orleans artist and Loyola professor of visual arts Carol Leake’s exhibit, “Couples,” focuses on the human form. According to Leake, the exchange between artist and subject in this particular work establishes an intimacy that is not necessarily part of the more straight-forward and traditional relationship between artist and figure model.

“The theme of couples is one I have wanted to explore for some time,” said Leake. “As I am single, the subject might be said to have an anthropological dimension, however, it is more accurate to say that the implied exchange between two people who have chosen to live together, to become a couple, is always apparent when they are in each other’s company.”

Likewise, local artist Tom Strider has focused for most of his studio practice on the human figure and architecture of the body. With Strider’s new series, “Wonderland”, he transfers this to his new subject, the caterpillar. These gestural mixed media caterpillar paintings and drawings explore concepts of physical metamorphosis and altered psychological states which serve as a metaphor for the change humans go through during aging.

“The project attempts to relate the two aspects by simple scientific observation and makes references to existing literature,” said Strider. “’Conversation with a Caterpillar’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll and Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’ are best-known examples.”

For more information, contact Karoline Schleh, director of Loyola’s Diboll Art Gallery, at gallery@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5456.

Untitled [caterpillar] by Tom Strider

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