The Colors Bordering Earth and Sky

Summer Open Call Curated by Sesthasak Boonchai

Exhibition Dates: June 4th – July 30th
Opening Reception: Saturday June 11th, 6pm-9pm
July Second Saturday Art Walk: July 9th, 6pm- 9pm

NOCCA alumni who graduated between 2010 and 2016 were invited to submit works for a college summer break exhibition. The five participating artists this year are all at different stages of their post-high-school artistic careers.

Next year’s open call exhibition will be open artists who graduated from NOCCA between 2011 and 2016 as well as current NOCCA graduating seniors. The call will be available during the spring semester of 2017.

Featuring Artists:
Miranda Clark- Kansas City Art Institute, MO
Anna Koeferl- Maryland Institute College of Art, MD
Gwen Murphy- Watkins College of Art Design and Film, TN
Amy Nguyen- University of New Orleans, LA
Alissa Pivaral- VCU Arts, VA

In addition to the open call, this summer 5 Press Gallery will feature a debut of our Flat File Collection with works by NOCCA alumni and students and a display of the The NOCCA Institute’s most recent purchase awards of artworks by Emma Conroy, Rory Cummings-Dise, and Kane Huynh.

About the Open Call Artists:

Miranda Clark

Miranda Clark graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in painting in 2014. She employs imagery from aerial maps and architectural structures fabricated with automated CNC milling technology. Her work is influenced by the 24-mile Causeway Bridge in her hometown of New Orleans.

The work I create is a process that employs imagery from aerial maps and photographs taken from structural architectural elements. I deconstruct the images, removing them from their spatial context, to reveal angular beauty and form. The structural lines and negative space then guide the construction of models that are again photographed and reassembled. The final form is excavated and fabricated with CNC technology. The use of a CNC machine is motivated by a desire to build the abstractions in the most effective way. The cold and apathetic structures transform into tranquil and resolute artifacts.
My memory of the 24 mile long Causeway Bridge stretched across the horizon at night informs the compositions and horizontal orientation of the work. As automobiles travelled across it their headlights became a solid line of light surrounded by the seemingly infinite dark landscape. I search for similar sensorial experiences in the changing perspective of truss work behind billboards and within the evolving infrastructure of a city grid. My collages and installations analyze these experiences created by structural lines and negative space, questioning the totality of the form within the compositional frame.

Anna Koeferl

Anna is a recent graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in Painting and Graphic Design. Anna works in painting, drawing, and digital media, creating work that is driven through experimentation in various processes that overlap in medium. She is inspired by the decorative arts, design, and the nature world.

I like to think of my paintings as environments comprised of a variety of moving parts that vibrate, entangle, and weave within one another. I collect textures, patterns, colors, and details around my studio, ingredients I find both beautiful and tactile. Often my pieces begin with large swatches of color that then unravel and transform into an organized chaos with the addition of other materials. Small moments grow into a larger more expansive system of moments, amassing and multiplying into a single working image. Organic forms are crucial for me in describing a feeling of overgrowth, humidity, marsh, and landscape. Always, there is an urge to connect, break, and reconnect the relationships between textures and to treat them as organic parts of a whole. The illusion of interconnectedness achieved through a collage-like construction is ever-present in my work and serves to mimic the slow transformation of matter and memory over time. Through each piece, I find I am able to celebrate the ability to re-imagine worlds or parts of worlds and the possibility within them.

Gwen Murphy

Originally from the New Orleans area, Gwen grew up in love with the creative process. She began a four year training in visual arts at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts which she completed in May 2016. She plans to attend Watkins College of Art Design and Film to study visual arts in the fall of 2016. Gwen loves nature, which is a recurring theme in her work.

If I am sitting inside of a room, you will often find me sitting by a window. Staring out a window has a magnetic pull for me, which is why it is often the subject of many of my paintings. My best ideas usually come to me when I am (mesmerized) zoned out, hypnotized by the outside world.
My work is detailed because I enjoy bringing out the beauty in the small, often unnoticed things. The subject matter of my still lives are typically unusual and convey an emotion or personality. Many have a feeling of serenity and stillness.

Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen was born in Kenner, LA in 1995. She often meshes drawing and digital together, depicting characters influenced from Japan’s ‘kawaii’ or cute culture.

There’s always an excess of energy inside me, and one of the ways I channel it out is through art. Whatever I am feeling or whatever thoughts are troubling me, they become apparent. Growing up, I was introduced into Japanese culture through my brother and I began drawing as a homage to it. The exaggerations of emotions, often child-like facial structures and large puppy-dog eyes keep me interested in that wacky world.

Alissa Pivaral

Alissa Pivaral is a rising senior Fashion Design major at VCUarts. She was born in Metairie and raised in the Greater New Orleans area, and attended NOCCA from 2012-2013. She is currently living in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently focusing on textile design and art in relation to fashion design, but is greatly inspired by her background in painting and printmaking. Her visual artwork has been featured in New Orleans and Richmond, and she recently won the Critics Choice award for Cut and Sew Knits in the VCU Fashion 2016 Runway show.


About the curator:
blurry_headshotSesthasak Boonchai is an artist, educator, curator and pre media specialist currently based in New Orleans. He received an MFA from the University of New Orleans and taught at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts from 2001 to 2006. He has also taught  The University of New Orleans, Delgado Community College, Tulane University and The School of Visual Arts, New York.
His work is in a number of public and private collections including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The New Orleans Museum of Art. He is President emeritus of the New Orleans Photo Alliance.