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V.23 No.5 | 1/30/2014
“At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, Alabama”
Gordon Parks

Arts Feature

In Living Color

Photography series breaks open 1950s segregation

By Brandon Call
The images that appear in Gordon Parks’ Segregation Series deliver a powerful blow against the segregation and racism once prevalent in the South.

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“42 Horse” by Ralph Greene

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

A horse is a horse, of course

Culture Shock zooms you around the city creative to East Meets West, Testimonios de una Guerra and Roll, Drop, Bounce.
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A Question of Scale

Laila Weeks closing reception at Zendo

Zendo double exposure
Photos by Manan Tevosyan
Zendo double exposure

Laila Weeks knows something about making an impact. The artist, whose work has been hanging on the white-bricked walls of Downtown coffee destination Zendo (413 Second Street SW), doesn't aim to dazzle you with a zillion colors and an encyclopedia of obscure techniques. Her current collection uses only one color—an eyeball-scorching shade of red acrylic—and a bit of ink and acid-etched metal. And yet it's impossible not to stare.

Part of what makes her simple abstract pieces so interesting is a telescoping sense of size. The drawings are just 4.5 in. by 4.5 in., displaying small, cell-like shapes and almost-organic forms in black ink on white paper. That sea of red paint nearly swallows up the tiny structures.

Then there are the etchings. Weeks explains that they're achieved “by a process of a resist being adhered to the plate, an acid bath being poured onto the plate, and the acid eating away the zinc coating, exposing the rustable steel beneath.” At 48 in. by 48 in., the galvanized steel sheets find those organic structures stretched and amplified, surging along on shimmering waves of reflective metal.

“Scale,” Weeks acknowledges, “is one topic at hand.”

Experience her work in person at the show's closing reception on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8pm. Austin Morrell will be on hand to provide live ambient music, and there'll be a raffle and snacks to settle your nerves if you get too lost among the art.

Laila Weeks closing reception

Friday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8pm

Zendo
413 Second Street SW
926-1636
Arts

All the Pretty Dresses

Marcia Sednek knows whimsy.
photos courtesy of Mariposa Gallery
Marcia Sednek knows whimsy.

Confession: Ever since I was an 8-year-old boy trying on my grandmother’s vintage dresses, I’ve always been more than a little obsessed with frocks. Imagine, then, my pure youthful elation when I happened into Mariposa Gallery (3500 Central SE) this week and discovered the gallery’s east wall enshrined in more than 140 miniature tin dress sculptures. I think my heart literally skipped a beat.

For me, Marcia Sednek’s Happy Frocking 2014 show, open now through Jan. 31, is jam-packed with unadulterated fun. Half the joy of viewing each of the tiny dresses, which are all made out of found objects, is guessing what the items were before manipulation. Using recycled materials—like antique cookie tins, colorful paperclips, and even a rusty ol’ cheese grater—Sednek twists and bends each forgotten and worn object into a new and wonderful piece of art.

Sednek scours local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand shops for the right ingredients.
Sednek scours local flea markets, yard sales, and secondhand shops for the right ingredients.

You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the intricate detail that goes into transforming each piece. From the miniature roses on one work to the whimsical circus animals adorning another, no two dresses are even remotely similar.

Sednek tells me that what she enjoys most about being a mixed media artist is uncovering the beautiful in the ugly. Like a sleuth on the hunt for clues, Sednek scours local flea markets, yard sales, and second-hand shops for just the right ingredients for her collection. Then Sednek dons her own magician hat and skillfully alters them into fresh and beaming creations.

While viewing the resulting Happy Frocking 2014 collection, it’s difficult not to slip on your own magical glass slipper and be transported to a posh ball full of haute couture gowns. And, after all, isn’t that really the point of art? To uplift us from our daily drudgery and transport us somewhere magical? Sednek’s show does just that—and you’d be a fool not to experience the childlike wonder for yourself.

V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014
Painting the swan
Lance Ryan McGoldrick

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Blackbird buffaloed

See some art, be some art, and give the gift of art with this week’s Culture Shock.
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V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
“They All Float Down Here” by Santi Rivera

Arts Feature

Maximum King

Downtown gallery brings the ho-ho-horror

By Elisa McGovern
The Creepshow: A Tribute to Stephen King is the twisted brainchild of three artists, and it offers a chance to delight in all kinds of nightmarish images.

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news

The Daily Word in APD shootings, Krampus and the passing of an ugliest dog

Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash.

A New York train derailment killed four.

A young man set himself on fire live on 4chan.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Krampus.

Spiders are bringing sexy back.

Dad shares five years’ worth of sandwich bag art.

Rest in peace, ugliest dog of 2007.

Why are alien abductions so darn sexy?

Meet the 100mph bike.

There was another APD shooting yesterday.

Mayor Berry was sworn in for his second term.

Happy birthday Sarah Silverman.

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