This post is a contribution from Octavia Art Gallery; a space dedicated to showcasing the work of international emerging and established contemporary artists along with modern masters, emphasizing the preservation and conservation of unique and authentic artistic cultures worldwide.
The City of New Orleans is very excited to be hosting the 24th International Sculpture Conference this October. From October 1 – 4, 2014, the conference will explore how sculpture and the arts can rejuvenate communities and economies, and we have been able to witness the effects of that first hand in New Orleans post-Katrina.
Octavia Art Gallery artist Richard Deutsch is in the process of designing and fabricating a unique sculpture to be released for the occasion of this year’s conference. During his 30-year career, Deutsch has fostered the imaginative inquiry required to design sculpture and public art environments of stone, water, bronze and stainless steel. The artist is committed to creating work that is thought provoking and accessible and, through art’s intangible power, builds community and sustains interest over time. Concept, layers of meaning, the organization of form and space, and the human experience are all central to his exploration.
The International Sculpture Conference will bring out a diverse range of sculptural exhibitions, and the gallery is pleased to present this compelling work as it’s own offering. This new, site-specific work will be an interactive piece relating to the physical properties of shape, mass, and sound. Deutsch is working alongside a physicist for the design of this piece, which will emphasize the experiential nature of sound. The piece will also engage human involvement, enhancing community involvement and participation. Deutsch has worked on interactive sculptures previously, such as his ECHO project which received the Northern Virginia Built Environment award and was recognized by the Americans For the Arts for “Excellence and Innovation in Public Art”. Located in Virginia, the ECHO project provided a modern interpretation of Arlington’s significant contribution to the history of communication. The concave elliptical parabolas carved into each monolith reflect and project sound, allowing words spoken into one stone to be heard by listeners at the other.
The gallery will be releasing details for the New Orleans release of Deutsch’s latest interactive sound sculpture to follow, so stay tuned!
We look forward to welcoming you to New Orleans!
Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans
454 Julia Street
New Orleans, LA 70130