Now through March 30, explore the multimedia crossroads between visual art and the written word at the Baton Rouge Gallery’s current exhibition, Logophilia. Literally translated to “a love of words and word games,” the show features the work of six BRG artist members inspired by the likes of Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde, in pieces incorporating visual images and text.
These featured artists include Jamie Baldridge, who became inspired to make art after reading 101 Fairy Tales as a child. By digitally manipulating photographs and accompanying some with his own original text, he intends to illuminate the abstruse nature of the human condition. Copies of his 2013 book Almost Fiction will be available at the gallery.
Dawn Black often works in gouache and watercolor, has been exhibited in Berlin and Washington, D.C., and has been reviewed by Art in America and The Washington Post. This time inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland, her work explores themes of authenticity and identity.
Mary Claire Delony, a graduate of LSU and the New York Studio School, creates paintings and mixed-media work that depict stories that embody joy, happiness and passion, building metaphors based on personal myths and inspired by classic literature, storytelling and music. Delony and her talented family were featured in an inRegister feature story in 2015.
Kathryn Hunter owns Blackbird Letterpress, a custom design and letterpress printing business, but her fine art focuses on embroidery and the antiquated use of literary characters in naming illnesses (like Lady Windermere Syndrome, for example). Hunter’s colorful paper goods were featured in an inRegister article on locally handmade items.
Kelli Scott Kelley uses mixed media to explore the relationship between humans and animals, inspired by reading children’s books with her son. A painting professor at LSU, Kelley is also the author of Accalia and the Swamp Monster, a surreal fairytale “mired in the haunting landscape of southern Louisiana.”
Finally, Jaqueline Dee Parker is a mixed-media artist and poet inspired by collage and the interception of artforms. She says that she is interested in what happens beneath the surface of words, and why images sometimes feel more alive when an element of language is present.
Throughout the exhibition, BRG will be accepting donations to Forward Arts, a nonprofit organization committed to providing opportunities for young creatives in southeastern Louisiana. Donations will help the organization reach its $10,000 goal to help fund April’s 10th annual ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit batonrougegallery.org.