As part of PhotoNOLA, New Orleans’ annual festival of photography, University of New Orleans’ UNO-St. Claude Gallery hosts 'Genius Loci,' a three-person exhibition of photography and video that features the work of Antone Dolezal, Lara Shipley, and Paul Thulin.
In the exhibition, which opens Saturday, Dec. 12, Dolezal, Shipley, and Thulin explore storytelling traditions of the rural woodlands of America. By weaving traditional photographic sequencing, vernacular imagery, fictional literature and historical record, “Genius Loci” constructs a mythical atmosphere of shared imagination, leading the audience through a captivating landscape rooted in the American storytelling tradition.
What: Opening of "Genius Loci" photography exhibit featuring the work of Antone Dolezal, Lara Shipley and Paul Thulin.
When: Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m., with a talk by Lara Shipley at 8 p.m. The show runs through Jan. 3.
Where: UNO-St. Claude Gallery, 2429 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans
The UNO-St. Claude Gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Dec. 12, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lara Shipley will deliver a talk about the exhibit at 8 p.m. that evening, in the gallery. The show runs Dec. 12 to Jan. 3, but will be closed Dec. 26-27. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dolezal and Shipley collaborated recently in the series Devil’s Promenade, a narrative portrait of local culture and mythology that focuses on a fabled supernatural phenomenon called “the spook light”—a disembodied orb of light in the woods and along remote country roads.
Dolezal was raised on the eastern plains of Oklahoma and resides in Syracuse, NY. His photography explores American social landscape and its relationship to history, identity and mythology. His work has appeared in Oxford American, PDN’s Emerging Photographer and Fraction Magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Santa Fe.
Shipley is originally from rural Missouri and resides in in Lawrence, Kansas, where she teaches photography. Her work often focuses on people’s relationships with the out-of-the-way places they call home. Shipley’s photographs have been featured in The British Journal of Photography, Wenyishenghuozhoukan Magazine in China, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, GOOD, and Fraction. She received a Masters of Fine Art in photography from Arizona State University.
Paul Thulin lives in Richmond, Va., where he is graduate director of photography and film at the Virgina Commonwealth University. He uses analog photography, digital montage, appropriation and other materials to explore the contextual and material constructs of history, cultural identity, memory and myth. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and his work has been honored with a number of awards, including a 2013 Conveyor Magazine Exhibition Grant, 2015 Hariban Award Honorable Mention, and the 2015 Lensculture Emerging Talent Grant. Most recently, his series Pine Tree Ballads was one of ten emerging talent portfolios selected for GUP magazine’s (NLD) tenth anniversary issue.