*Available and on Display at The Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge (100 Lafayette Street, 70801)*
'Midiendo / Measuring' takes place at Casa Borrega, one of my favorite food and music venues in New Orleans. The well-worn gumbo metaphor of New Orleans is often discussed in reference to the African and European blend of culture. I think that it is also important to celebrate and represent Latino culture within the city. The title of the painting is a nod to multiculturalism as well as a playful string connecting the bartender and musicians. All workers in the image are in the act of measuring out entertainment - whether by pouring libations or the reading of musical measures. ----- from the 'Crescent City Instantiate' series: *Instantiate (v): 1. represent as or by an instance. 2. (of a universal or abstract concept) have an instance; be represented by an actual example. Recent oil paintings by New Orleans artist Stephanie Reed recreate moments from her lived experience with a loving kindness and even-handed fidelity to form. Reed transcribes light, color and shape to canvas in a practice of “being with” scenes she has witnessed/captured that range from quiet solitude to boisterous festivity. In this meditative dive, time slows and intimate slices of specific worlds unfold, invoked by visceral layers of brush and palette knife strokes. The paintings bear the accumulative marks of the artist’s patient and persistent gaze doggedly seeking form and memory. Reed’s approach to imagery is sincere but not literal, and the paintings resist reduction to the merely illustrative and mutate upon closer inspection, indulging in painterly gestures and layered dynamic abstractions.