From the Faubourg Marigny, the Quarter to Lee Circle, Chris has lived in rather peculiar New Orleans surroundings. After riding Katrina out and surviving, he painted her irreplaceable landscapes and architecture. He draws most of his inspiration from bold color, appreciable music, native folklore, antique mythology and the “laissez faire” way of life. Currently living in the Garden District, Chris explores the traditions of Expressionism and Post Impressionism through acrylic and oil pastels as his primary mediums.
Kil Studios is owned and operated by Master Sculptor, Lateefah Wright, who dedicatedly sculpts original old-world style dolls, puppets, banks, reliquaries and tile, into historical harlots, harpies, hellians and heiresses. Her weapon of choice is fire…2200 degrees, and hotter, when permitted. A secret recipe, handcrafted -stoneware clay body is companion to her cumpulsive tendencies to throw on the potters wheel, slab, hand build, and even slip cast her one-of-a-kind bébes, and perverted puppets. As coveted as her clay are her glazes. All are handcrafted in the studio, from dry materials, oxides and carbonates to colour, glycerine to taste! Lateefah’s multi faceted process only begins in clay and fire. Handsewn leather bodies, crocheted angora wigs, and hand-stitched frocks all accompany each doll, and most sculptures have musical components or other interactive elements. “I am most driven by the compulsion to make ample use of time. Any piece of pottery, if broken, can tell its exact moment of completion by fire, much like the rings in a tree can tell its age. Every stitch is compulsively accounted for…sewing and crocheting being a most beautiful hour glass of one’s time spent.” Albeit, Lateefah received her BFA in Sculpture from University, she has been most masterfully educated in her beloved clay, by historical Van Briggle Art Pottery’s genius Production Manager, Dene E. Kiser, along with Master Potter, Greg Satre…and has yet to harness her love of fire and never ending curiosities towards melting points.
My inspiration comes from photographers such as Bellocq, Witkin and Avedon, while St. Lewis and I share his obsession with Warhol and Dali. We met at the North Carolina School of the Arts when I was in high school. While I was attending Parsons School of Design obtaining my degree in graphics and working hard on White Zombie, St. Lewis went on to exhibit world wide with his uniquely skewed visions.
“My dolls all tell me who they are as I make them. It is simply beyond my control. . . and I am thankful to them for allowing me to be involved in their happenings.” — Christy Kane
Christy Kane graduated from NYU with a degree in photography. She creates, and then photographs her life size dolls to illustrate her stories. The smaller dolls all come with a description of why they are the way they are, and often tell you what to do to keep them happy. Her influences range from Silent Films, Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children, all kinds of music, Edward Gorey, and the stories of E. T. A. Hoffman to name but a few.
In the early 1990s, I began as stylist and Make-up artist in San Francisco, and Île-de-France .Eventually, I became a historical cabaret dancer for the Goethe Institute of San Francisco . I primarily portrayed a then-infamous 1920s Wiemar dancer named, Anita Berber and other notorious German characters. These series of productions were choreographed by illustrious Martha Graham protégé and U.C. Berkley professor, Marni Wood, and directed by Voluptuous Panic author, Mel Gordan. ..Starring German singer, Nina Hagen. Simultaneously, I was a part-time production designer, vintage clothing buyer , published writer, a part-time model (United States and Germany). In 2003 I delved into mixed media on canvas showing in New Orleans’ French Quarter, New York’s Woodstock Art Fest and Austin, Texas @ Continental Gallery ( then 1313) , Gallery Lombardi and Guadalupe Gallery.
By March 2007 I was lead to photography applying my trades and interests into one medium. Theatrical vignettes, projections, drawn backgrounds , painted mythical body parts, wood and paper. I do most of my own hair and make-up, unless stated otherwise. Up-cycled materials and a small deliberate budget are implemented and primarily shot in my bedroom which has been converted into a studio. My images are primarily inspired by children’s literature, my time in theatre arts, pop surrealism and the Southern Gothic genre. I like to work with visual artists and musicians- Some of my favorite include, Roky Erickson, Lydia Lunch, Liz McGrath, Rasputina, Exene Cervenka, Natalia Fabia, King Dude, Charlie Sexton, Chelsea Wolfe etc. You can find my photography in national/internationally published magazines, beautiful art blogs, local galleries and elsewhere. I am based in Austin, Texas.
Friday the 13th! From 4pm-10pm! A celebratory gathering of fine folk and libations!!!
Readings by Casey http://www.madamelalune.com . 1007 St. Mary Street @ Magazine. Check out some amazing artwork, sip some tea and enjoy an insightful Friday with us!
Walk-ins for readings welcome from 3pm-6pm
Tarot Readings @ La Madama!!!