Rise and Fall

As I've mentioned before, the organization that has brought us down here to Louisville is Art Without Walls, a project under the art direction of Alice Gray Stites. After plans to build a new Museum Plaza on the waterfront in downtown Louisville were put on hold for a bit Alice didn't let that stop her. She literally has taken to the streets and begun transforming them with art she loves. She is a wonderful, innovative curator and I'm not just saying that since she brought Gravity down here, another new show that Art Without Walls just, very literally,  hung here in Louisville is downright breathtaking!

It is by none other than the fabulous E.V. Day whose work is sharp, brilliant and unforgettable in a way I think all artists strive to be! Her work is constantly examining the feminine, the ethereal, the real- at times appearing almost like a live, paused special effect or a surreal artifact of a complex instance- the end result consistently poignant and memorable. I remember reading about a piece she did that was mounted in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Met gave Ms. Day access to their costume archives and commissioned a piece to be made from the stage outfits of legendary operatic performances.

The result was "Divas Ascending," In her trademark way of literally suspending disbelief, Day used mono filment/fishing line and tiny metal clips attached to huge suspended hoops to make the dresses come to life in dramatic poses worthy of any aria. The presence of these pieces is unbelievable and the artistry, care and ingenuity with which they were made is incredible. The show, which flew over New York for a (very) short while, is currently hanging in the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville until October. Everyone who lives even remotely near this town should come see this wonderful show that I can't speak more highly of... o yeah, and our show too! Which is open to the public May 4th with a grand opening May 13th! So happy to be in such grand artistic company in this Kentucky town!



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